3 Tips for Getting Through Tough Times

by Rebecca on March 22, 2015

3 TipsThe last few weeks have been rough! Between a busy schedule, drill bits breaking in surgery and weird cases I am ready for a break. On top of that, I have had a nagging pain in my back and leg that won’t go away and then picked up some type of GI bug that was so bad I had to cancel surgery (which I have only done one other time in 13 years). To top it off, I had some instances where I really dropped the ball with my parenting. No parenting awards for me this week!

When things like this happen it is SO easy for me to get into a downward spiral of negativity, which is helpful to no one, especially myself. Please, also understand that I know you may be going through a lot harder times than anything I have going on and I am not trying to make light of serious challenges you may be going through.

My point is life can be tough and life can be rough but how do we also try to refocus on the good and not just see the bad? 

CKaneI am so excited to have Christine Kane, a new mentor in my life. I have just completed her online Uplevel Your Life course and I highly recommend it. It will seem pretty pricy to our cheap veterinary pocketbooks but there are so many great takeaways and life-changing practices that you will learn. One of my favorites is the 3G’s: Gratitude, Gains and Gifts which has enabled me to be intentional about focusing on the positive and not getting overwhelmed by the negative.

She recommends you sit down for 3-5 minutes at the end of your day and write out just 5 things you are grateful for that day. I bet many of you may already do that. There are numerous studies that have shown significant benefit on our well being when we have some type of gratitude practice.

Just this week, I was sick as a dog (no pun intended) and came home from work early. As I walked through my door, I saw Marilyn who helps around the house cleaning up the kitchen and I immediately thought, “I am so grateful for Marilyn enabling me to have a clean house.” Before the gratitude practice, I can assure you I would have focused on the negative rather than the positive!

What separates the 3 G’s from all the traditional gratitude practices that I have run across are the other 2 G’s: Gains and Gifts.

Gains are things I have accomplished that day. I don’t know about you but I am quick to focus on what I have not done rather than focusing on all the things I DID accomplish. These accomplishments can be something simple such as returning that phone call I did not want to make, or a little more intense like getting a tough workout done. Regardless of what it is, you are accomplishing SO many things each and every day. Things that are so second nature you do not even give yourself credit. This week, it could be something as simple as making it through surgery without passing out!

Lastly, are the Gifts. Without going through her course, gifts maybe a little challenging to understand but I will try to explain. Christine describes gifts as “synchronicities that are in alignment with your intention. They are unexpected nods from the universe. Things like unexpected income, phone calls, new customers and serendipitous meetings.” These types of things happen to us all the time we are just not paying attention to them.

Her philosophy is that it helps us change our mindset from one of doubt and anxiety towards a focus on the opportunities all around us. We are all part of something bigger than ourselves and there are always things working in our favor and it is important to recognize that especially when the grind of life can get you down. To some of you this may sound a little hokey but I tell you, this simple 3G exercise has really helped me when life gets tough.

Do you have a gratitude practice? Does the 3G’s sound like something you would like to try?   Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Lynn Tudor March 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

I have been doing or keeping a gratitude journal for several years and it has made a huge difference in my life. I feel like a have a secret to feeling great! When I can be grateful even when not so good stuff happens, it is awesome!! Always give thanks to God, He always has it all in his hands! He knows what we need and when we need it!

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Vet Changes World March 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

Great advice! Will definitely take that to heart. Try and do the gratitude thing already but am not as intentional about it as I could be. The others would be good to add on as well!

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Billy March 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

Greg Bell the author of the book, “Water the Bamboo,” spoke to this same concept. We are in a world of “Negaholics” and it is easy to get sucked in to the vortex. But rather focus, on what is going well personally and professionally. We just need to ask better questions!

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