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How to Move Forward When Life Gets You Down: 3 Action Steps

How to Move Forward When Life Gets You Down: 3 Action Steps

Everyone has moments in life when things don’t go as planned. Thus, the saying, “Life is what happens while you’re making plans.” I’m sure you have had this happen to your clients. Which may be why you became a life coach. So, you can help people move forward in life when adversity strikes.

As a life coach, it is your job to coach clients through these rough times. When it feels like the world is falling down around them and they just can’t move forward by themselves.

Although, what do you do when your personal life (as a coach) is getting you down? And you don’t feel like you can move forward? It’s not always easy to act on the advice that you give to others. Or, even think things through rationally.

That’s why it is so important to have a plan when life doesn’t go as planned. Whether you’re dealing with health problems, family problems, relationship problems, financial problems…and the list goes on.

When you feel like you can’t go on, it is time to take action. These 3 action steps will help you become unstuck and start moving forward again.

3 Action Steps to Help You Move Forward

Step #1: Remove the Negative people from your life

When you are going through serious trials, it’s time to rid your life from the negative people around you. Negative energy does not turn into positive energy. And, positive energy is what you need to get you through.

Surround yourself with people that love you and care about you. Not with people who remind you of your mistakes or make you feel badly when you are around them. It’s ok to let the phone go to voicemail when a negative friend is calling. Instead, pick up the phone and call the most positive person you know. Keep those people close while you’re getting unstuck.

Step #2: Say No

It sounds so simple when people tell you to, “Just say no.” However, it’s not always easy. Especially if you are a people pleaser. Just remember that when your life is not going the way you want, it is time to simplify. And, that means saying no to extra things that will overwhelm you.

If your child wants to have a sleepover, it’s ok to say, “Not right now. Let’s talk about it next month.” Or, if you are taking care of an ailing parent and you are asked to organize the next big meeting, you may not be able to say no, but you can definitely ask for help. You don’t always have to be the one that handles everything.

"The key to being happy is knowing you have the power

to choose what to accept and what to let go." ~Dodinsky


Step #3: Write in a gratitude journal

When you are feeling lower than low, it helps to remember the many things you are grateful for. It’s not easy to write about good things when you are feeling bad. In the beginning, you may need to start simple by just being grateful for the air you breathe. Or, being grateful for sunny days. Set aside 5 minutes a day to write in your gratitude journal. You will be amazed how this simple exercise will help you move forward.

Just remember that when life gets you down, it is good to have an action plan. What specific things do you do to help move forward?

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