What to Do When You Feel like You’ve Lost Everything

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You start by taking stock of what you still actually do have.

The ego is a great exaggerator, as well as a pathological liar.

Despair tends to communicate with tons of emotion, but with few facts and little accuracy.

Everything, nothing, always, never — these words are hysterically overused and rarely appropriate. When you hear them being whispered within you, alarms should go off — you are not listening to your spirit guides, your better angels, or your higher self.

These are angry, wounded words. Remove them from your vocabulary.

Here’s Where You Start:
Gratitude journaling. (Oprah)
Morning pages. (The Artist’s Way)

Sounds awfully simple — real cures usually are.

I have a personalized version you could check out called The Book of Faded Green.

List what you love.
What do you see in this moment that is good, no matter how small or how seemingly insignificant. What doesn’t suck?

Write 3 pages every morning.
It can be in a list form. You can do it in your head while driving or riding the train. The format doesn’t matter — but the thinking works miracles.

A little bit at a time — one word, one image, one right after the other, every day.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Leave yourself a trail of breadcrumbs, lead your spirit back out of the darkness, Lantern Bearer. Weave a rope, build a ladder. Rescue yourself with simple observations of gratitude.

Do this until you feel differently. You will. I can’t promise you an exact time frame. But I can promise you will.

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Interview with Slade by Intuitive Healer Jenny Mannion

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I am featured by author and intuitive healer Jenny Mannion as part of her “Aligned and Inspired Monday” series.

Here’s the link:

Slade Roberson’s Interview with Jenny Mannion.

I discuss:

  • what inspires me
  • my manifesto for misfits
  • a moment that led to one of the greatest shifts in my life
  • the 3 things I’m most passionate about
  • the one piece of advice I believe will help you empower yourself right away

Please check out my interview, Jenny’s site, and the other cool people she’s spotlighting …

Jenny Mannion’s Interview with Slade Roberson

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Wait for Further Instructions

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When the tide is out, stop swimming.

The same actions that propel you when you’re in the flow can dig a hole on dry land.

Seasons and cycles determine environment and context.

Actions require context to be effective.

Timing can be everything — and time is outside your control.

If you’re not sure what to do right now, then maybe now is not the right time.

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Hell, Hope & Feathers

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POWER AND GOOD SENSE
May people with power get good sense, may people with good sense get power, and may God give patience to the rest of us in the meantime.
—Julia Sugarbaker

TRUE NOBILITY
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
—Ernest Hemingway

THE NEXT GREAT MOMENT
Most of life is Hell. It’s filled with failure and loss — people disappoint you, dreams don’t work out, hearts get broken … and the best moments of life, when everything comes together, are few and fleeting. But you’ll never get to the next great moment if you don’t keep going. So that’s what I do. I keep going.
—Elaine Barrish

HOPE NEVER STOPS
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
—Emily Dickinson

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Change Your Life in 3 Months

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WHY JUST ONE MONTH?
You can reprogram your thoughts, habits, and behaviors in 30 days.

But, to tell you the truth, I never plan anything around a single month.

THREE MONTH PERIODS
I don’t even look at my business on a monthly basis — I only analyze quarters.

I don’t schedule creative projects on a monthly basis — I plan those as quarters too.

My blog also has an editorial schedule built around quarters.

THE THING ABOUT QUARTERS
Within a quarter, there’s usually a sucky month — looked at by itself, it would just make me miserable for a month.

And there’s always the one month out of the three that picks up slack for the others. Analyzed together, it all evens out.

A single month can speed by, and the following month can creep up on you. It’s more practical to prepare for them in advance, in blocks of three.

GOAL SETTING ON QUARTERS
With goal setting, it’s easy for most of us to go hard for that first month.

But what if you lose momentum in the second month?
A lot of people call themselves a “failure” at that point and give up.
Why? You’re 6 weeks in, holding down 5/6 — that’s actually pretty damned good.

If you have a third month, you have a chance to lose momentum, suck for a bit, beat yourself up for a minute, rally, and still finish strong!

So, I’m wondering:

What happens if you apply business-style quarterly planning and assessment to other areas of your life you want to improve?

THE FORMULA

The real simple version:

  • Perform 3 actions each week that move you closer to your goal.
  • Do this for 3 months.
  • Access only as a 3-month block of time.

That’s really it!

Want to test my theory?
Write me back or comment on Facebook. Keep me posted!

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