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What’s next?

July 16th, 2008 at 07:39 am

I was reading a few blogs over the last few days and it seems that everyone seems to be hitting one of those patches where life is a little tougher then normal. I don’t know whether it’s the news, the economy, the weather, gas prices, food prices, whatever.

I could say “hey, everyone’s in the same boat.” Or “Yeah it sucks it’s _____ fault.” Please fill in the blank with president, congress, big oil companies, republicans, democrats, banks, or whatever.

The point is that we all get in these funks and the purpose is not stay in them. I truly believe that in the end, you are the one holding you down. Sure, you may have hit a stretch of bad luck. Sure Murphy is in my house taking up residence.

So how do I usually get out of my funks.

I first throw a pity party for one. I complain how life is not fair. I shouldn’t be in this spot. Everyone is out to get me.

Then, I will usually look at my long term goals (5 years out). Is this truly where I want to be? Does my plan still make sense? Are the steps to get there still correct? Do I have to add some steps because of this rough patch?

What’s next?

Work the plan. I need to take my first step. Is it a phone call? Is it a tough conversation in need to have? Is it doing more research on an issue?

What’s next?

I am executing a task list. I am starting to get back on track. Hope is starting to be restored.

This is where I am today. I got derailed with some medical bills of $4,400. It caused me to have a little pity party. Blaming hospitals and the insurance companies for screwing me. Then, I made a plan with a couple of tasks and started executing.

What’s next?

End of this week, I’ll be back on track moving towards my goals.

You don’t have to live the life you are living. But you do need a plan to turn it around. Never lose focus of your big goals.

And two of my favorite words are “What’s next?” I find that if I keep asking myself what’s next?, it keeps me moving forward, building the momentum.

So, what’s next?

4 Responses to “What’s next?”

  1. momcents Says:

    You could be the cheerleader for motivation here, or at least the mascot! I got a whammy yesterday when I found out that the insurance company won't be covering DS5 speech therapy (to the tune of $92 for 45 minutes weekly). I called the insurance company (after hearing from the therapy place) and found out that they WILL cover it based on how it is coded as a developmenal delay (though this is not supported by the report which diagnoses him with something else). All I could think before knowing it would be covered is, "This is going to eat through the HSA funds VERY quickly". I needed to say to myself, "Thank goodness we have the HSA to pay for this and we can look into getting services through the public school in the Fall." I think this whole recession talk/economy thing is making us too worrisome about our dollars.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yes, I like that. I too believe in constantly moving forward, even if it's only by one baby step at a time.

  3. koppur Says:

    I totally needed this. You're completely right. After the pity party, it is time to look for steps and then do them. After my pity party, I started my steps. Called to register with a temp company, called re: an interview I had that I never heard back from, listing things on ebay.

    Thanks for the boost!!! Smile

  4. Ima saver Says:

    You are so right, we just need to think positive every day and keep taking those baby steps!!

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