During any football game in which I specialized in for quite sometime, I’ve seen many players that carry the football or when chasing down a play or blocking for the next touchdown, get thrown off. I mean you are focused on a course of action, your purpose, your calling and “wham” someone knocks you off balance or throws you off course.
I sense that this happens to many people just like you when just living life, it could be your purpose, it could be your marriage, your children, your health, your finances, you chose the topic. But, what do you do? Many people, not talking about you?! Some of them give up, some play the blame game, others throw in the towel, or some find the will to fight past the obstacle and refocus towards a greater goal.
One thing I can share with you, is that if you get thrown off course and I have experienced this times in my life don’t get discouraged. I believe the being thrown off course can be a positive if you see it that way. Think about this when you are thrown off course you have a chance to look round at what happened , it allows you to asses the situation and make a better choice. But here is the kicker, you can not wait or wallow in your current state often. Quickly ask the question , “what do I need to learn and where do I go from here?” Good questions call upon good responses.
Allow me to encourage you and be resilient in your dealings , especially when things seem rosy and now you feel there is a strong smell of ashes. Be the Phoenix and rise out of the ashes to greatness. Follow these guidelines to getting back on track.
5 Ways to get back on track after you are thrown off:
1. Don’t turn the stumble into a moral issue.You’re not a bad person or destined to lack purpose just because you slipped up. Think of the setback as a way to develop coping skills in life. You will have mishaps , I believe this is part of life.
2. Learn from your experience.If you don’t recognize what led you to fall off, you’ll probably react the same way the next time the situation arises. Write down a list of the situations that trigger you to be distracted, and plan an alternative for each. For example, if weekends are your downfall, do something first thing in the morning or day to keep your purpose in check.
3. Don’t try to make up for the slip with a punishing regime.You may feel good in the short term, but you’re almost sure to burn out and go back to an old pattern. This will only set up an unhealthy pattern of an uncontrollable cycle, and create anxiety or depression about your purpose or calling in life.
4. Look at the big picture.Realize that life is a marathon and small gains are made over time, but it doesn’t matter what the exact time period is. So consider your actions in a a week or a month at a time instead of every day. Chances are you’ll have good days and bad days.
5. Renew your resolution.Getting thrown off is a signal that your resolve has veered off track. So sit down and take stock: When you were following your purpose, how did you feel? What was motivating you then? Recreating those feelings can help you get your resolve back. Make it a daily resolution that you are going to do one thing to move in the direction of your purpose or destiny.
Blessings- Coach Milton
Milton is genuine, persistent, and sincere. There are very few things that detract Milton from his pursuit of what he believes in. His attitude is fantastic and professionalism top notch. -
International speaker, creator of Maximizing Moments with Milton and the Author of Your Purpose, Your App -How to Stop Drifting and Start Living.