ABCDE Strategy to Unlock Potential and Possibilities
Do you worry about your future finances, health, or meaningful living?
When you are feeling defeated, uncertain, or discouraged, consider using the strategies below to confront life challenges. You will succeed in reaching your goals and living your dream.
Change what you can change; accept what you cannot change; seek wisdom to tell the difference.
Living a life true to ourselves is liberating. Many people live their lives based on the expectations of others and they are unhappy. Imagine swimming against the current. You can get exhausted easily without getting very far.
Our belief system shapes our outlook in life. We make decisions based on our beliefs.
For example, you believe the elevator is not safe, you take the stairs instead.
What we believe in also results from the meaning that we give to every experience including an event, a conversation, a stimulus whether real or imagined. Seeing the world from a new perspective takes us to a new plain that leads to success.
For example, you believe you are incompetent because you did not win the writing contest.
Challenge your belief: Am I really incompetent?
Yes, because I did not win the contest.
No, not winning the contest does not make me incompetent. Because there are other writers whose writings are more polished than mine. Based on the comments I received, I can continue to improve the craft and grow to be a better writer.
Commitment is a decision, a pledge, an initiative, or undertaking. A meaningful relationship requires commitment to each other. Excellence in a job requires commitment to the task at hand. Living your dream takes determination.
Life is a growing journey. Facing inevitable change, we need to commit ourselves to overcome challenges and turn obstacles to opportunities. There is a gift in every challenge. It may require us to look deep to find that gift. Many times, the gifts are hidden, not claimed, or they remained un-opened.
Savouring each life experience sets us to a discovery journey. Discover, explore, and form new meanings along the way enriches our human existence.
Life moments are interwoven with ups and downs, kindness and wickedness, endearing hopes and broken promises, good times and horrible intervals… What can we learn from utter disappointments to heart-breaking devastation? What ecstasy can we feel when we are entrenched in love relationships?
Think of it as a perpetual way to reflect, reimagine and reinvent.
Celebrate every success; appreciate every kind act; rejoice always. In the face of tragedy, acknowledge the disappointments, the loss, the devastation, etc. Allow time for mourning. But don’t quit living.
Life is worth living no matter what. Imagination takes us to a world we’ve never been. Ask yourself: What does it look like? What is it that I want to see?
Be the change that takes you where you want to be, what you want to see. Consider the lessons we’ve learned, and define the steps to rebuild or continue building.
What resources do you need to achieve what you set out to do?
What action steps do you need to get from where you are to where you want to be?
Lastly, commit yourself to a fresh beginning, a better path, and a new dream.
Life is full of possibilities. Believe in your potential. Pack up your courage. Become the person who you want to be.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
~Andre Gide, French author and winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
What challenges or obstacles are you facing that keep you from exploring beyond the shore?