July 1, 2007

5 LOA Tips for the Funk

It happens to all of us, right? Sooner or later we hit a bump in the road, or maybe more like a brick wall, and begin wondering if it was meant to be or what we're doing wrong. Some ask why it works for everyone but them. We can feel that our vibe is in the toilet, but also feel powerless to change it.

Ever happened to you? If so, here are a couple of tips to get back on track:

1. Know it's okay. This is not a big deal. It happens. It doesn't mean all is lost. It just means you're having a bad day (or week or year, whatever the case may be). You can make it mean whatever you want, so go with something lighter and easier than "all is lost."

Do yourself a favor and take the pressure off perfection. Sometimes the path looks a little squirrelly. It is what it is, and your success is inevitable, so relax. Remember we can't get this wrong!

2. Stop banging your head. By the time you feel like giving up, you've likely been in some sort of mental or physical struggle. Release the struggle! Let go of the reins. As one of my favorite LOA coaches, Sonora Case, shares: "Let your higher self drive for a while."

Giving yourself that relief could also look like a string of favorite swear words or a good cry, as eloquently shared by 14 year old deliberate creator Kathryn on the My Good News forum.

3. Do what you know makes you feel better. We each have our personal uplifters. It may be a friend, an animal, an activity, a food group (ha!) ... whatever it is for you, do it. Give yourself the gift of something that works. Once you're redirected, keep up the progress. Don't stay stuck in your pattern of "relief" (bingeing on Oreos, for example).

(Vacuuming or sitting on the sunny porch work great for me.)

4. Consider there is a gift in it. Whether we can see it or not, knowing the system is set up for our success and that this situation plays an integral role helps elevate the vibe. When my neighbor's car broke down on the heel of two other household financial emergencies, she looked for the gift and imagined carpooling with co-workers would improve her relationships at work. (Not to mention saving on gas money.)

Reframe it in a more positive light, if you're able. Is there something you can appreciate, either in this situation or in general? We all know the powerful energy-shifter of gratitude.

5. Feel free to skip all of the above. Sometimes it feels better to feel crappy for a while. Let yourself off the hook for having to change or do anything. We're all allowed a couple of funky moods in our time, after all! And it does make those good days that much better, doesn't it?

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