Life is circular. Seasons come and go and even the moon has different phases. In our personal circumstances we experience this as well. Apart from telling yourself ‘This too shall pass’ when you’re in a less than fun part of your journey, I think there are some other useful things that you could do when you are on top of the world, to make the transitional stages more bearable.
If you don’t like making gratitude lists for every day, I’d suggest creating a Master List where you state everything and everyone that you are grateful for. When you’re feeling ‘meh’, your mindspace will be dark and gloomy, but a quick read of your Master List will remind you of everything that you do have and how ‘rich’ you are.
Similar to the above, it’s useful to have an Accomplishment List that you can reflect on when your irrationality takes over. By considering that you have climbed Kilimanjaro, that you have won that songwriting competition or that you’re artwork is hanging in a hotel’s foyer, you will have legitimate evidence as a counterfactual for the next time you feel like little worm.
Fill Your Fire Extinguisher
The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, uses the term ‘Fire Extinguisher’ for that saving account you use in case of emergencies. When things are going your way and you don’t have a care in the world, you will not want to save. However, the best-est thing you can do for your future self is to save money. If you haven’t noticed, the world is an unpredictable place. General Motors just laid off thousands of people before the holidays. Today you still have a job, but in a few years your job might be a goner. You never know when you will need some extra cash to pay a hospital bill or a lawyer. Take the short-term pain and save. You’ll thank yourself later. Promise.
Save Motivational and Inspirational Quotes
Whether it’s on your phone or on Pinterest, collect some good ones that you can refer back to when you feel like you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Curate A Playlist
Have a specific playlist on standby to activate your fighting spirit when the going gets tough. Songs and/or movies that will either give you a good cry when you need it or that will reaffirm your purpose or dreams and why you have to keep going.
Hope some of this helps, folks!
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