The very first major decision that changed my life forever was leaving my family. The decision wasn’t made lightly because living in Chicago made it a life or death decision. Literally. At the time, I was young and pretty fearless so taking chances wasn’t as difficult.
Actually, I was very excited about leaving Chicago because there was so much to look forward too. I had no idea what would happen next but was willing to find out. All I knew is my siblings needed a role model they can look up to. But what came next threw me for a loop.
After all the excitement and stars left my eyes once I arrived in Atlanta, reality creeped in. Who knew I would get home sick. For the first time in life I missed my family and Chicago. Yes, I missed the city I longed to escape. It was all I knew for 18 years. However, going back wasn’t an option.
The main motivator to stay in Atlanta was my “why”. Of course at the time I had no idea that’s what it was called. It was my mission as a big sister to become successful for my siblings.
Maybe you’re in a place trying to hold on to the courage to keep going when everything is going wrong.
If so here are a few key tips to keep going when the odds are stacked against you.
- Put yourself first every single day. When you give up you’re literally letting yourself down. You’re telling,no, showing yourself that you’re not brave enough to go through the fire. Stop beating yourself up by quitting every single time the road gets rough. Choose the person that you see when you look in the mirror every day. This way the person who looks back knows there’s at least one person rooting for their success.
- Remember why you’re going through the “struggle” in the first place. I know it sounds cliche but your “why” is a powerful tool that is under utilized. When your why is strong and tied to your purpose it will give you the energy needed to fight another day. Take the time to sit and really ponder over your “why” and revisit it on a daily basis. There’s no need to wait until trouble happens. Let’s do preventive maintenance daily to build resiliency.
- Take inventory of what you already conquered in the midst of the struggle. It’s funny how hard times fall upon us and we get amnesia. All of sudden we forget about all the other troubles that we were able to defeat with grace and leaning on our faith. Well this current situation is no different. Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve already handled then put your combat boots on and go to war.
Living in your truth isn’t easy but definitely rewarding. It’s a journey you don’t have to take alone. All you have to do is sign up for one on one Sister Coaching Sessions for personal support.