What is a crisis?
“Crisis is a perception or experiencing of an event or situation as an intolerable difficulty that exceeds the persons current resources and coping mechanisms.”
(James & Gilliland 2005)
Expanding on the above definition, a personal crisis can be defined as any significant life changing event or set of circumstances that thrusts you out of your life as you know it and into a world of confusion, turmoil and uncertainty. The path into a crisis can be very different for everyone. Whether it is relationship, family, job loss, financial difficulty, grief & loss, addiction and so on, the thoughts and emotions are essentially the same.
Is this really happening?
What did I do to deserve this?
I can’t believe I let myself get to this point.
What’s wrong with me?
I just don’t know what to do.
I can’t believe this is happening
How am I going to get out of this?
Where are all the people I thought I could count on?
And so on…
It is so often that the events that lead us into crisis can happen so quickly, by the time we realise we are in trouble, we are already in rough seas. Life as you know it can change in the blink of an eye without any warning and suddenly you find yourself heading towards, or already in the middle of a crisis situation.
The good news, is that by following a simple 5 step process, you can quickly transcend your crisis without having to hit rock bottom and you can rapidly restore your balance and your life. In addition, you can identify live in the moment what lessons this situation is here to teach you which is very empowering as you move from victim to victor. From losing control to being in total control.
Most often, your life post crisis is far better than the one before because often, out of the toughest challenges, come the greatest growth. I should know, I have lived every word of what I am about to say.