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4: Make a Plan

Scan Your Past

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When facing a crisis, it is important to take stock of your internal well-being, and to be tender with yourself. You will be able to make the most beneficial decisions when you feel calm and when you are thinking clearly.

You have faced challenges and overcome obstacles before. When you find yourself in a state of flux due to a major event, think about what has helped in the past.

  • How have you overcome other life challenges (family, social, financial, professional)?
  • Have you previously sought help from an organization or a person?
  • When was a time when you felt that a situation turned out for the best? What was the key to success in that situation?
  • Who is your role model in handling challenges? What qualities do they possess in times of crisis that you admire? Are they patient? Do they stand up for themselves? Do they have good boundaries?
  • Think of a time when a situation you worried about turned out better than expected. If you had known the outcome from the beginning, would you have spent less time worrying? How would you act differently if you knew that your current situation would all turn out for the best in the end?

Honestly thinking through these types of questions and scenarios can help narrow down potential actions as you plot your course through your current life transition.

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