I was watching Les Stroud in Survivorman this past weekend. In this particular episode, he had just been dropped off in the thick woods of Northern Canada in the autumn.
He said the most important thing people can do when they find themselves in a survival situation is to just do something—anything. He said that even making a bad decision or going the wrong way is much better than just sitting and doing nothing. He explained that making decisions and taking action helps bolster your will to survive and your will to live.
This is true in life as well. When we’re faced with difficulties, if we stop too long—spend too much time having a pity party—we allow ourselves to become stuck. The next thing we know, discouragement gets a foothold and soon we lose all hope.
When we take action, though, it bolsters our confidence. Taking action helps us feel more hopeful, that soon things will break in our favor. And that’s the perfect attitude to have to help you work through challenges!
Your homework today is to keep moving forward. Keep taking the next step and the one after that and the one after that, and so on.
If you find that you’re unsure about what to do—instead of barreling ahead, and certainly instead of stopping and getting stuck—take smaller steps.
Go a little slower.
This way, if you find you’ve made an incorrect choice, you won’t be that far off course and can easily get back on track.
You can do it, I’m sure of it!
I’m proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,