What it means to hit rock bottom

Part 3 – Life Coaching Continued

By Dr. Mike Brooks

When I lost my health, that’s when my downfall started to happen. Believe me, when that’s gone, you know it. I couldn’t work for several weeks, so earning an income was out the door. I couldn’t pay my bills which damaged my good credit rating. My fitness center suffered because I wasn’t able to work with my staff. I felt like giving up – I was at rock bottom. Several weeks later, I woke up with the realization that it was up to me to get out of this mess.

That’s when I heard an inner voice talking to me. “Not so fast Mike!  What about me?” I remembered that still small voice, the one that was always there when I needed direction or encouragement along life’s path. It was the voice I needed to hear.

My future looked bleak and without a game plan for my life I was going to be forced down a path I had no control over. Keep in mind,  my health was at rock bottom, I had lost a great deal of weight, was exhausted all the time, rarely got a good night’s sleep and I couldn’t work because of lingering side effects from the food poisoning. I was depressed and in utter despair.

In the middle of the night I heard that voice again. “Make a plan!” I had a notebook on my nightstand and started to write down what was on my heart. Here is the list that I came up with:

–Make a menu that is based on healthy foods, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fresh baked fish and poultry, nuts and grains, and lots of water and healthy tea.

–Rest and sleep. Have a regimented time you go to bed. Mine was at 9:30 p.m., and I had two 20 minute naps during the day; one in the morning and one mid-afternoon. No TV in the bedroom.

–Have healthy people in my life – ones who care and want to do something with their lives.

–Exercise. When I started out I could only walk 15 minutes twice a day. The exercise was a big boost for me because I got to go outside when the weather permitted. Fresh air helped a great deal.

–Renew my relationship with God. We started talking everyday through prayer and getting back into the word again.

I have to tell you these simple steps really turned my life around. I hit rock bottom and was tired of being there. My health was gone, my finances were a mess, and I couldn’t work. I started planning my next steps as to what I had to do to upright the ship. It was hard but necessary to move forward. If you’re struggling about what you need to do to regain control of your life, your family and or business just remember you can do it if you know how to plan and work out a step by step process in making changes. This will be very helpful. Yes, it takes time and energy to map out your plan, but in the long run it’s worth it.

I had watched others fail to move forward after they hit rock bottom and I wasn’t going to be one of those victims, and you shouldn’t either. Determination is very important and if you know what your plan is you’re way ahead of the game. I say plan and plan well. You can do this!

Do you struggle with not knowing what to do when confronted by life’s struggles? Are you afraid to move forward because your past mistakes keep holding you back? Do you need help deciding your next steps to get out from rock bottom? If you answered yes to any of these questions then give me a call!

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