Life’s ‘Knock You Downs’ are Unrealized ‘Pick You Ups’

We all have childhood memories.

We retain those memories because we remember the most dramatic ‘very bad’ times and ‘very good’ times.

I’ve recently had several leaders in the field of motivation plant a thought in my head: life’s knock you downs are really pick you ups just waiting to happen.

As adults and business professionals, now in addition to childhood memories we have adult memories, both personal and career oriented. Being knocked down in the sixth grade can activate the same behavior of being knocked down on a bad day, week or month in a career or a relationship.

The 30,000 Foot View

The way to maturely look at this is: you must have a knock you down moment to have a pick you up moment. You cannot go from 30,000 feet to 30,000 feet. Yet, you can go from earthbound to 5,000 feet and eventually 30,000 feet.

Though it’s difficult to get clarity at the time they happen, life’s down moments simply are opportunities for up moments. And the steps ‘up’ do not need to be tens of thousands of feet up. The very best thing one can do in a down moment is choose a few very — just one or two to start — simple and achievable ‘pick me up’ tasks. Write them down. Complete them. Check them off.

To quote a lyric I recall during knock you down moments, “your life is not falling apart, it’s falling into place.”

Rich Borden

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