“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean
As you may have noticed, I had returned after about two and a half month gap in content. I would like to apologize for the lack of activity and explain
For the month of May, I had been busy trying to fulfill my roles as a student, employee, family member, and boyfriend. With finals exams also around the corner, I had been studying a lot and had not been spending as much time writing for the blog.
On Sunday, June 5th, I had gone to work, came back home, and was heading back to school as if it were any other day. I walked up to the intersection and stood on the sidewalk. I waited until the traffic lights signaled for my turn to cross, then I was walking on the crosswalk.
Then, I wasn’t.
I was in the back of an ambulance car, being transported to the nearest trauma center. I had been hit by a car that ran a red light and fled off without stopping. The paramedics told me I had a concussion, which explains the gap in my memory during the moments surrounding the collision.
In the ambulance, the paramedics had tightly wrapped my head with a cloth bandage. Later that day, I was getting stitches in the back of my head, and tending to my multiple other injuries.
The point of the cloth bandage and stitches are to stop the bleeding and continue the healing. For the healing to continue, the bleeding needed to be stopped. This simple strategy: stop the bleeding, continue the healing, has a simple exterior meaning and strong metaphoric implications. Let’s look at some examples to observe this strategy in practice:
Finances: If a person is in debt, or would like to save more money, it is important to assess the bleeding. In this case, ‘bleeding’ would refer to the person’s spending habits. Even if a person very financially comfortable, having an addictive shopping or gambling habit could lead to financial ruins. While getting a promotion at work may seem to help, if the person has not stopped or learned to control their spending habits, the problem is bound to continue.
Health: When seeking a healthy weight, or a healthy lifestyle, it is important to see what habits could be improved upon. As a runner, it can be tempting to consume more junk food. Another run will burn off those extra calories, right? Think again. In order to reach or maintain a healthy weight, and lifestyle, it is important to pay attention to both eating and exercising. Weight is an important aspect of health, but there is much more to note than just calories. Eating highly caloric food promotes the metaphorical bleeding, as it serves as a blockade to healthy living while simultaneously promoting health problems.
Habits: In order to change your habits, and develop more success in your life, the bad habits need to be replaced with good habits. By stopping the bad habits and continuing with good habits, you are stopping the bleeding and continuing the healing. Habits can be hard to change but the rewards of success and happiness are worth working towards.
“Stop the bleeding, Continue Healing” In action
The examples above serve as ideas, although this could be used in countless areas of life. In order to apply this strategy and move closer towards success, follow these four principles.
1) Assess what you would like to accomplish.
2) Determine what the ‘bleeding’ is in this situation, the ongoing source that is preventing you from reaching that goal (i.e. excessive spending, consuming highly caloric food, a bad habit).
3) Plan a strategy to stop the bleeding, and take action.
4) Plan a strategy to continue ‘healing’ and take action.
Once you learn how to apply the four principles, you can take action and change your life. At first, you may only change one habit or area of your life. Changing even one area of your life may be difficult. That’s okay. Just keep going. Eventually, you will learn the skills and tools you need to implement these four principles, and you will be able to apply them to other habits or areas of your life that you would like to change. Every time you stop the bleeding and continue healing, you are on your way to success.
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