“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
Do you ever feel like this guy, where you want to just stick your head in the sand and pretend something is not happening? Maybe you’ve tried ignoring a change or a situation. . . . usually that doesn’t make it go away, it just delays your progress in adjusting and dealing with the situation.
Facing challenges, testing your courage and stepping out of your comfort zone are steps for tremendous growth in your life. Imagine being willing to accept the challenge and change, life may be better.
I’ve been laid off due to cutbacks from corporate positions on two different occasions, as have many other people. There is no sense pretending it’s not happening; however there is a period of denial associated with the news of a lay-off. This is normal, go ahead and feel the emotions associated with that, but don’t get stuck, it’s important that you figure out your next steps. Most likely you will have feelings of, “I’m not ready for this” or “I’m not prepared for this” and there are those of you that may be ready and happy for the opportunity to find something new. I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve moved to better, more fulfilling opportunities after each lay-off. I used that challenge as a time to evaluate and focus on what would make me happy and then to go after exactly that! It worked! You can do this too, by accepting the challenge and moving forward, whether that challenge is a lay-off or any other challenge that you’ve been presented with.
I’ve written about change for the last few weeks and of course one thing we all know is that our lives, the world, everything changes and we must learn to adapt. Now, I’m not sure that I would agree with the last statement of this quote, that a week is enough time. . .. , however I think the point here is not to get stuck, to bury your head in the sand so to speak.
What is it that is challenging you? Be thankful for the challenge and decide what action you’re going to take. Make a plan and move forward!