Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tip#341: Overcome Your Despair – The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Feeling despair in a career or life transition can be debilitating. It can rob you of your self-worth, sense of purpose and confidence. That's why it's important to always remember that you are not alone.

The challenges I've been facing recently have been just as intense as the life-changing depression I faced back in 2000. The only difference is how I am reacting to the latest adversities now. I remain confident in my self-worth, resiliency and comforted in knowing I have an amazing support team of close friends, family and colleagues.

If you find yourself feeling deeply stuck in something, allow yourself to be in the moment and reflect on what is going on. Being stuck on pause has the benefit of letting you check your road map to see if you are still on course with your goals. It allows you to ultimately clear your heavy thoughts and emotions that have overloaded you.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009

In the movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon there is a visually creative sequence that captures that debilitating feeling of despair. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is shattered after the love of her life Edward (Robert Pattinson) leaves her. As she sits in her room in a state of melancholy the camera slowly revolves around her 3 times as she gazes out the window.

Each time you see the window the seasons change from autumn to winter snow. For Bella, however, she seems forever caught in a state of suspended animation and despair. With the help of friends and family she slowly and eventually comes to life again.

You Are Not Alone

Remember that you are not alone whenever you feel deeply stuck in your career or life. Remember to ask for help when you need it most. Don’t allow yourself to focus on what others may think. You'll be surprised how supportive people can be when you reveal your vulnerability.

Most of all remember your self-worth. Keep believing in your talents, skills and value. And when you don't have the energy to believe in yourself there'll be good people around you to believe in you FOR you!

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Kathleen said...

Great post Emmanuel, it's very inspiring. Being vulnerable is something that is terrifying for most people. It's wonderful to know that when you're down there are many people out there -- some you least expect -- to help buoy you back up! I appreciate your courageous heart!

Head Health Nut said...

I second Kathleen's comment, Emmanuel.

Thank you for the post and for sharing your experience with us. We've all despaired at one time or another and you're right: It's not what life presents you, it's how you react to it that counts.

I'm happy to hear you're choosing to deal with your challenges with a positive, open and accepting attitude.

Thank you for reminding us of this important secret to life!

Steph @ Live

Shaikh Salimuddin said...

Nice post Emmmanuel, especially relevant in today's business environment where many people have lost their livelihoods and are feeling very vulnerable. I think we are truly blessed when we have people who believe in us in our times of despair. I sincerely hope that I can be a source of comfort to somebody during their darkest hour as I was supported during mine.

It was indeed very inspiring to hear your story. Thank you for sharing it.

Shaikh Salimuddin,
Schulich School of Business