How to get back to where you once belonged…

What if I was to tell you that a new portable snack food had been created? Available in a range of flavours and also textures - some versions are solid but become liquid in the mouth while others stay firm to create a more solid meal. They've managed to make it totally biodegradable and in some cases you can eat the packaging, leaving no waste. The most amazing part about this new food is that even though it contains a lot of sugar, you can eat loads and loads of it without doing yourself any real harm. In fact it even helps digestion.

There's also a new portable input device available that can be carried in your pocket and does not require batteries. You can't connect it to a PC but the stylus is capable of producing infinite varieties of shade, tone and texture plus it reproduces your handwriting exactly without any delay or processing. You can also use it to create a semi-permanent record that can be kept for hundreds of years.

Now, the thing is that Fruit and Pen & Paper have been around for years and are so common that you might be surprised to see them described from a different perspective.

Something else I've noticed this week is just how common it is for people to recover or get themselves back from seemingly hopeless situations. Just how do hundreds of others, like you, turn seemingly hopeless situations into something else or pull themselves back from the brink?

If you've got yourself into a state or a situation where you think you're Beyond Recovery then here are three things you can do this week to get back to where you once belonged…

Stop. Someone once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Humans have perverse tendency to inflict pain on themselves by repeating the same patterns of behaviour and then wondering why they always get the same results. If what you are doing isn't working, in any area of your life, then stop! Because results come from what we do then even stopping stands a higher chance of getting your result than repeating the same things. Even better, do something else. In fact, do anything else.

Claim your power. No, I'm not going to talk about Yoda again but the fact remains that the next 10 seconds belong to you. You can do anything you want with them. You may not be able to change what is happening but you have the power to change how you deal with it. (unless you give the power away by blaming someone else or something else for your results). The next 10 seconds are yours and the next 10 mins and the next 10 hours and the next 10 days and you can choose what you do with them.

Become small minded. Have you noticed that you can only be overwhelmed by everything? When it is all too much and the feelings or situation are overwhelming then think small. Break your problem or situation into smaller and smaller pieces until you find something that is small enough to deal with. After you've dealt with that bit then look for another and so on. In a while the problem will go from a global terror to a specific action list and the feelings of overwhelm will pass.

And if you want to really play with looking at things a different way then consider how a worm might view your problem or a fly or a tennis ball or a blade of grass or how it might look from the future or from space…

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