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What can you learn from it?

Improving Systems and Habits

Scott Miker is the author of several books that describe how to use systems and habits to improve.  This free blog provides articles that to help understand the principles related to building systems.  

What can you learn from it?

Scott Miker

Sometimes something happens to us that rocks us to our core. It could be a health scare, or layoff at work. It could be the loss of a loved one or some tragedy that springs up out of nowhere.

I have always struggled with how to process these. I tend to look inward quite a bit. I try to use it as a reflection on what is going on inside me. What am I doing that this highlights and shows that I am on the wrong path?

I don’t believe there is an easy way through these life challenges. We all experience them and we all have our own ways of dealing with them.

But if we can take one positive from such an incident, it is to help direct us towards the future version of us that we desire. Hopefully it helps get our attention and push us even harder to pursue our life’s purpose and realize what we should be doing.

When I was younger I found myself in the midst of a mini-crisis moment that I created. It was my own doing but it still rocked me to my core. While incredibly painful at the time, I came out of it with a different take on life.

I never would have gone through the transformation without the pain. I never would have stopped and adjusted the projection of my life without seeing how it was pushing me in the wrong direction.

It seems a bit unfair that we have to have such an uncomfortable and painful experience to get us to open our eyes to the future. But when it happens, it is up to us to see how we can shape the future.

So the next time you receive news that suddenly changes your whole life, try to see what can be learned from it. How can we use this to course-correct and adjust what we do on a daily basis?

If we can use this to help us define who we want to become and what we have to do in order to get to that version of our self, then we can take some positive from this negative situation.

There is no easy way to face a life-changing challenge. But we have to do everything we can to take it as a lesson and try to find the things that we should adjust in life. Hopefully by doing this we can slowly push through and emerge on the other side better off than we were before the tragedy.