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4 Ways to Connect With Your Crisis

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Listing to starboard. Photo by Elsie esq.

 

Perhaps you’re in a crisis, taking on water and listing like the boat in this photo.  The idea of connecting with a crisis probably sounds like the last thing any of us would want to do.  Our natural inclination is to run away from things that are unpleasant and a crisis would be at the top of the list for sure.  However, it is possible to turn the tables and use times of crisis as opportunities for personal discovery and growth, which can improve our lives in significant ways.

These are some ways I’ve made crisis moments work for me:

Discovery: A crisis can call us to draw from inner strength and resources that we didn’t know were really in us and as a result leave us more confident of what we can handle in the future. Financial crisis causes examination of quality of life and can develop within us an appreciation of things previously taken for granted.  A family crisis can cause us to reevaluate our values, and lead to a change in priorities that brings about a new healthy balance in lifestyle choices.  Likewise, a midlife crisis calls for a time of self-examination to understand what meaningful things have been left dormant and need a place of expression through our lives in order for us to be fulfilled.

Direction: Many successful entrepreneurs have had their share of crises along the way.  I’ve heard some of them say that what looked to be the bleakest moment of their life ultimately turned out to be the very thing that propelled them in a new direction, whereby some of their greatest successes were realized.

Discernment: The key to successfully processing through any crisis is to respond by asking those soul-searching questions.  Don’t bury your head in the sand.  Connect with your crisis moment and let it serve to make you more aware, sensitive and appreciative.  Allow yourself space to grieve the loss, feel the pain and fear, but don’t get stuck in that mode.  We need to “visit” these places, but don’t make them your permanent residence.

Development: My own experience includes a health crisis that landed me in the hospital for a brain biopsy and a financial crisis that had me contemplating bankruptcy.  I speak from experience when I say be intentional and be proactive.  Embrace crisis as an opportunity to grow and develop.  Think outside of the box and expand the possibilities to discover opportunities and perspective that had previously been unseen.

Spiritual perspective:  Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (NIV*).  Times of crisis are an opportunity to really know God first hand.  A stronghold refers to the very thick wall of a high tower that was a place of refuge and it is virtually impenetrable.  I’ve been in this stronghold and have felt God’s love, grace and protection.  It’s an amazing place to be and everyone’s eligible to go there.  When we connect with God during times of crisis, not only will we know Him better, but there is no doubt we will be changed in the best way possible.

Working with a life coach can provide a fresh perspective so you can process your crisis and successfully navigate the transition.  Let me know how I can help you!

Have you had a crisis moment that has served to make you a better person, leader or entrepreneur?  How did you connect with your crisis moment?  I’d love to hear about your personal experience with crisis and the way it has served you.

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4 Responses to 4 Ways to Connect With Your Crisis
  1. Theresa Ip Froehlich
    January 18, 2010 | 6:34 am

    Hi Bridget,
    Thank you for this thoughtful piece on connecting with crisis. Most of us go into the "Fight or flight" mode when faced with a crisis. Instead it is a classroom for life, a time to reflect, and an opportunity to grow.
    Thank you again!
    Coach Theresa Ip Froehlich

  2. Bridget Haymond
    January 15, 2010 | 10:21 am

    Bill and Steve – great personal insights from you both.

    Our Heavenly Father always has our best interest in mind and as we look back we will see His hand of blessing in our lives.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Steve-Personal Succe
    January 15, 2010 | 3:52 am

    Bridget, beautiful and moving article. I have had a couple crises in the past year. Hard as they are, I am grateful for the discovery of character areas I have needed to address in myself, and of an eternal perspective. Our Father disciplines us as children, and has to take us through the school of suffering to bring about the development that is needed.

  4. Bill Bliss
    January 15, 2010 | 1:31 am

    Hi Bridget,

    What a really great post! I am reminded that when we are in a crisis, it is not the time to wonder why God is not acting, rather, it is the time to take notice of what He is doing around you. God is always at work and He is at work doing what He and only He knows to be all the right things. In that we can definitely trust and thereby increase our faith.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Bill