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Getting Through
Tough Situations

A Newsletter Valuing Change

Summer 2009

Getting Through Tough Situations

Getting through difficult situations is not only possible but, with enough time and the right attitude, likely. Keep the following in mind to help you get through adversity:

  • Let go of being a victim.
  • Take responsibility for your part in what is happening to you.
  • Be open to what you can and must do next.
  • Learn from this; really think about what you will do differently because of the situation.
  • Think creatively. What can you do to turn the situation around or look at it differently?
  • Seek help from others to figure out what to do.
  • Take small steps, but do take steps to improve or change your situation.
  • Come up with a plan to see you through.
  • Be open to opportunities you never thought of before.
  • Be persistent and determined in continuing to do the things that will work when the situation turns around.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify.
  • Turn to pursuits that feed your soul while waiting for things to improve.
  • Don't get discouraged; keep your spirits up.
  • Appreciate what is going well.
  • Alter your expectations.
  • Choose a positive mental attitude.

What's important for you to learn from this experience?

What's the good that's coming from this negative situation?

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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by by Dan Ariely, is a thought provoking, entertaining book in which Ariely explains how smart people make illogical or irrational decisions, even when they think they are being rational. They don't realize how their decisions are skewed by their emotions.

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"The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them." –-Bernard M. Baruch

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