I’ve faced the threat of financial meltdown more than once. I work as a freelance writer, and there have been numerous occasions when the projects have just dried up. It’s scary, and it would be so easy for me to fall into depression at these times – something I’ve done in the past. Here are six things that help me survive these difficult periods:
1.Taking Action is the Anecdote for Fear and Worry
The best way for me to avoid becoming paralysed by fear is to take action. This is so important because if I’m not doing something to try and resolve the situation, I’ll begin to feel powerless and hopeless. Even if the actual action I take doesn’t ultimately improve the situation much, it helps by keeping me out of the pit of despair. I’ll even do things like tweet my ‘hire me’ page on Twitter – I’m not really expecting any result from this, but it just feels good to be doing something.
2. Appreciate Falling Down on the Way to a Goal is to be Expected
I don’t know if it is possible for me to achieve anything worthwhile in life without spending at least part of the journey with my face in the mud. Failure and achievement go hand in hand – it is the cost of admission for anyone who hopes to reach their potential. If I see the bad times as part of the process, it makes it much easier for me to survive these periods of uncertainty.
3. Take Responsibility for the Situation
I need to take responsibility for my situation always. Blaming other people just doesn’t help me at all – it turns me into a victim and means I’m waiting for somebody else to come along and save me. Even if the actions of other people have helped to create the mess, the best thing I can do is to focus on my responsibilities for resolving it.
4. Remember Similar Situations in the Past
There have been many times in my life when it felt as if the sky was about to fall – I’m still here. I not only managed to survive these turbulent periods, but they always led to big improvements in my life. The reality is my predictive powers are miserable, and if I’ve been wrong in my predictions of doom so many times in the past, why should I trust them now?
5. All You Need to Do is Try Your Best
All I can ever do is to try my best – that’s it. If I’m worried about the situation, it means that I won’t be doing my best – worry just sucks up time and motivation. It’s not easy, but I have to keep redirecting this energy from worry to action. Doing my best means to continue fighting right up to the last breath – it means that so long as I’m breathing, I haven’t failed yet.
6. The Hard Times Make Us Stronger
I’m passionate about self-improvement, but most of the improvements to my life have occurred because the universe came along and hit me with a big stick. Very little in the way of personal growth occurs when things are going well for me – I expect the same is true for most people. Pain is a great teacher – it makes me teachable.