I’m the first person to encourage others to go through the process of planning your life, and living on purpose. However, I’m also the first to admit that life has a funny way of never turning out exactly how you planned. You see, you don’t just plan your life one time, and then bam, that’s it, you’re done planning for the rest of your life. No…

You see, planning your life is a fluid process. It’s an action that’s performed over and over and over again. Things change, so your plan has to change too.

So let’s talk about something that’s guaranteed to happen at one point or another in your life. What do you do, when life balls its fist up, and then punches you right in the gut? What do you do when life throws such and unexpected (and unwelcome) surprise that you’re left devastated and doubtful. What do you do, when you’re not sure if you can do any more?

Well, let’s talk about it.

You see, I’ve had my share of unexpected curveballs. I’ve had many highs and my life, and just as many lows. But here’s what I learned.

You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For

Life seems so dark, and things seem so hard when you’re in the middle of it, but here’s the truth. You’re tougher than you think. And you can endure waaaaaay more than you give yourself credit for. You see, you think that you can only endure so much, and you think you understand what you’re “breaking point” is. But it’s not true. You can endure so much more. You can overcome so much more. You can BE so much more.

(NOTE: Want to create your own life plan? You can do so with this free “life plan template” worksheet)


Things Always Get Better (But You Have to Make That Happen)

It’s true, even when it seems that things couldn’t possibly get any worse, you can be sure that things eventually will get better. But let me clarify. I’m NOT saying that you should just sit and like meditate or something, or hope and wish that things will get better. No, that’s not what I’m saying at all. What I AM saying is that you’ve got to get out there and make some shit happen. You’ve got to get out there and stir some shit up you know?

When bad things happen to you, just accept it. Accept that it happened. Identify whatever lessons you can so you can avoid that pain again, but once it happens, it’s done. Don’t dwell on it. You can’t change the past. Shake it  off, and then get to work finding a solution.

Let’s say you lose your job unexpectedly. You’ve got two choices: Sit at home and watch reruns of old TV shows, loathing in self misery and wondering why the universe hates you. Or you can accept that it happened, and go about finding a new career. Sprucing up your resume, going to job fairs, leveraging your network, scouring LinkedIn…

Rock Bottom is the Best Time to Rebuild

Sometimes it’s best to start with a clean slate, and often times, “rock bottom” is that clean slate you need. You see, when unexpected adversity forces your life into these low points, that’s actually the perfect time to reevaluate your life and tweak (or completely rebuild) your game plan.

I’ve done it before. It was at rock bottom when I decided that I had no desire to be an engineer and I started down the new path that lead me to where I am today. There’s always opportunity in the ashes, you just have to be brave enough to seek them out.

Life Does Suck Sometimes

It’s true, life can really suck at times. Sometimes you just want to scream to skies with anger and other times you just lay to curl up and cry. But remember this one thing. It’s your life. You’re in control. And you have the power within yourself right now, in this very moment, to overcome whatever challenge life is throwing at you.

(NOTE: Want to create your own life plan? You can do so with this free “life plan template” worksheet)