Dips

Life is seldom a straight line. It goes up and down and up and down again. Sometimes the down times can unsettle you. They are not permanent, just part of the movement and rhythm of life. Try looking at them as temporary “dips” with various purposes and outcomes. Trust that you will find your way out eventually and move to higher ground.

Dips can be a setback, a lull, a course correction or a disappointment. Dips can occur so that you can slow down, look carefully, take a new perspective, gather momentum or find a new direction. Dips aren’t a failure or a problem. They are something to be aware of and to deal with in a productive and meaningful way.

 

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Getting Back Up

It happens: you fall and find yourself down on the ground. Setbacks, failures, surprises and disruptions can all create a fall. When you experience this, how do you get back up on your feet and start moving again?

Here are some things that have helped me get back up after a fall:

• Getting fully present to what has happened and figuring out where I am with it.

• Looking forward and not focusing too much on what has happened.

• Identifying the best things I can do to get back up.

• Finding a way to not get pushed right back down again.

The next time you fall, whether caused by your actions or those of others, have a strategy for getting back up. Brush yourself off and come back to the game.

 

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