Monday, 8 May 2017

Getting back up .. it's about persistence

Okay, so I've fallen off the bandwagon a bit during the last week or two. Stresses about unemployment plus feeling ill (it's very rare for me to be ill and like many guys, I'm not that great when I'm ill) have kind of brought things to a head.

I am aware, that after many years of negative thinking and lack of self-belief, that I'm probably likely to have times where I feel defeated and inadequate. I don't enjoy feeling like this - however, I've learnt over the years that feeling 'negative' isn't the end of the world - and, sometimes, trying to feel 'positive' can be another way of resisting pain.

There is, however, a certain type of negative feeling that really isn't beneficial. Ultimately, this particular feeling is all about saying 'no' to the present moment. It also tells you some pretty rubbish stuff about yourself - such as, you're worthless, inadequate and unable to make anything much out of life.

Most if not all of you will have had plenty of experience of not feeling good enough. And guess what. Even the ones who seem to have it together, the ones who are making a difference in their world - will have had more than their fair share of self-doubt. Success is all the more sweeter when you have faced the fires of hell.

Sometimes .. we just need to climb these mountains that
life brings us :) 
Luckily, I rarely stay down for too long now. Knowing who I truly am has changed my life for the better, and knowing that there is a higher power that is watching over me helps me during the tough times. Persistence, to me, means coming back to my senses when I fall down. Knowing that, even after the times when I feel totally useless and will never 'make it', there is always a way to get back up. That's not to say that there aren't some situations that might keep someone down for a good while, and some that might require a lot of prayers and support.

But for me, persistence is coming back to what is called the 'higher self'. The part of you that believes in yourself, that sees your potential, that pushes you forward in spite of your resistance. That does not ignore pain or try to pretend that you don't have negative thoughts, but that allows everything to be as it is.

It's also important to give myself a pat on the back and realise how far I've come. I may not be exactly where I would like to be in life, but I am usually in a place where I can learn something and use the situation to my benefit.

What is persistence to you?

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