Our Strive For More pledge to you during this time of crisis is:
“To provide free, short, simple, and actionable content to tackle the real challenges we are facing now.”
In line with our pledge, here is the second part of a series of actions you can implement right now to flatten the fear curve!
Recognizing We Always Have a Choice
In times of stress and crisis, it is easy to feel like we don’t have a choice and can only do what we can to get by. As a result, we can feel trapped, like there are no other options, and we can only hope for the best. However, we DO have a choice, and we ALWAYS have a choice! Three (3) easy ways of embracing and seeing that we DO have a choice are listed below.
- It’s not set in stone! – When we believe something is set in stone, that’s just the way it is, or we don’t have a say in the matter, we put ourselves in a box. We don’t see the choices we have as our thoughts and beliefs prevent us from seeing what’s there. However, we do have a choice! We can choose how we let others and the world around us affect our feelings, thoughts, and the way we behave. Focusing on what IS in our control helps us recognize we DO have a choice and see what IS there.
- Focus on what we want – Focusing on what we want, the outcomes we seek, and the goals we have, are inherently motivating by putting us in a positive physio-psychological state through the activation of our parasympathetic nervous system. On the other hand, focusing on the problems, obstacles, or issues we are facing has the opposite effect. Switching our focus to what we want helps us achieve what we want and recognize we DO have a choice to achieve it.
- Our past is the key to our future – Our greatest source of confidence and belief in ourselves comes from our actual experiences; our past. These experiences hold the keys to our confidence and belief as they show us we are not only capable, but we are also capable of doing it again! Exploring our past experiences gives us the keys to knowing we DO have a choice as we’ve done it before.