How To Survive A Loss

A personal, professional or financial loss can be devastating – it can shake your self-confidence, your belief system and even chip away at your self-esteem. 

Over the last ten years I’ve suffered the personal loss a loved-one almost yearly. I’d begin to recover from one loss and then get knocked down by the next. Not only was I emotionally sad, I was physically drained. Through all the hurt and pain, I did learn some valuable lessons about myself. 

No matter if the loss is personal, professional or financial, here are some survival tips I’ve discovered: 

1. Know that you are stronger than you think.

I can’t explain it but the adrenalin kicked in when I needed it. When I truly needed it, I had the energy to get things done and make things happen. I also allowed myself to call on friends and family – I asked for help and support! 

2. Once the emotions calm down you’ll be able to think more clearly.

Running on pure emotion keeps us from thinking and acting logically and rationally. It is perfectly normal to experience the peaks and valleys of emotions as we are suffering loss. There came a time when I had to “own” the emotions and step back to view the situation through logical and rational eyes.  I found comfort in being able to think clearly and act more proactively.

3. There truly is a lesson buried in all the turmoil.

When I was feeling emotional pain, this was the last thing I wanted to hear. I didn’t care about the lesson; I just wanted the pain to go away. After the emotions calmed downed and I began to think clearly, I did realize that there honestly were lessons to be learned. The lesson usually had to do with how I handled myself. Sometimes, just sitting quietly and listening to my thoughts and feelings proved be a powerful lesson in itself.

4. Keep the faith and believe in tomorrow.

Believe! Believe in yourself, believe in the future and believe in your ability to make positive things happen even when you don’t really believe it. Most of all, have an unwavering faith in yourself as a capable and deserving person.

5. You will survive.

Believe that you can and will not only survive your losses but also have the ability to grow stronger and more self-assured. Surviving a personal, professional and/or financial loss can actually have the power to strengthen your self-confidence and show you that you are capable of not only surviving but also thriving.

Copyright © 2011 Sharon Michaels – All Rights Reserved

 

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