How to Pull Through Even When You’ve Been Punched in the Face

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson, professional boxer

Even if you think you’re prepared for the worst, there are times when life throws you a curve ball that smacks you right in the face. Here are a few reminders to help you pull through when you’re at your lowest. 

  • Reach out for help. Sometimes it’s hard to admit just how hard life is right now but hiding from the world isn’t the answer. Talk to a friend, clergy, therapist, or coach. What do you have to lose?
  • Even small changes can make a difference. Set small goals so you can experience progress and gain momentum. This forward movement will give you a boost of confidence and optimism. Make your bed, go for a ten minute walk, schedule lunch with a friend (even if you don’t feel up to it).
  • Are you strong enough to be grateful when you’re at your lowest? Think of one thing you’re grateful for even while you’re in the “pit.” Gratitude shifts the focus.
  • Remember the setbacks/crisis/challenges you’ve overcome in the past. Pat yourself on the back for coming out strong. You’ve done it before and you can do it again!

Affirmation: I can make it through this!

Coaching questions: How have you overcome severe life challenges in the past? How can you use this experience to address what is happening now? What’s one step you’ll take today to move  forward? 


Photo by Baylee Gramling on Unsplash

What’s Your Backup Plan?

In a remote bunker deep in the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds the world’s future. 

I know many in the United States are in the deep freeze this morning. So, I figured you can look out your windows and imagine Svalbard, Norway, an archipelago about 650 miles from the North Pole. This is home of the Global Seed Vault which stores and protects nearly a million food-seed varieties. These seeds will enable us to grow food in the wake of a human or natural disaster. 

American scientist, Cary Fowler, known as the father of the bank, spearheaded something concrete to prepare for an unknown future. The seeds represent stability for our crops and hope for a future including 48,000 kinds of beans and 162,000 types of rice from all over the world. 

Affirmation: I prepare for the future.

Coaching questions: What have you done to prepare for a crisis’ in your future? Financial savings, exploration of care facilities, a will, etc. To have peace of mind, prepare for the unexpected to the extent of your ability.

einar-storsul-663469-unsplashSvalbard, Norway