I decided that every day I would improve 1% in four areas of my life. I chose a word or phrase to represent each. They were: ’physical’, ‘emotional’, ‘mental’ and ’creative gratitude’. James Altucher
Check out this post featured on Virgin https://www.virgin.com/unite/business-innovation/four-words-that-create-real-abundance-for-yourself-and-others
When I was in the hospital I wasn’t sure if I was going to be OK. The nurse or doctor asked me if I had my will in order. The Cardiologist told me I should find a new job. She felt I may die of a heart attack; or worse become paralyzed with in the next 4 months if I didn’t reduce my stress.
Since they told me that I had a heart attack caused by stress, I felt very ashamed that I wasn’t able to manage it better. (Now months later I know it wasn’t a heart attack.)
Here is a post I wrote from the hospital about the shame I was feeling. https://ginahealthfitnesshappiness.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/gratitude-helped-me-get-through-the-feelings-of-shame-after-having-a-heart-attack-at-34/
I told very few people and spent a lot of time alone. I had recently separated from my husband, my children were taken care of and didn’t know yet.
I had my phone, gratitude journal and a book. The phone charger wasn’t something I had, and I was sooo grateful, when a mom from my daughters hockey team brought me one. I had messaged her a minute before my phone died, asking her to bring one.
I scared her because I didn’t leave any details, and she couldn’t call me back. She thought the kids were hurt and was surprised to find me. Since then we have become close friends.
Thankfully I found James Altucher’s blog. I think this is the post I started reading, How to Get Off of Bottom Once and FOR ALL. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. After reading most of his blog, and all the comments I began to quit feeling so ashamed.
I started writing ideas, I sent him a list of 10 ideas that could help him, I started sending my friends and social media connections ideas. (I’m not convinced they helped but it gave me something constructive to do to pass time in the hospital.)
Here is a great post on ideas: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2014/05/the-ultimate-guide-for-becoming-an-idea-machine/
James talks a lot about gratitude, ideas and starting over. The fact that he is so honest about his mistakes and has been successful rebuilding his life somehow gave me strength to keep going.
I never thanked him for creating all the content to help inspire and motivate me to take action. So thank you James Altucher!!
It wasn’t too long after I created the podcast. When I was in the hospital I couldn’t find any support groups and didn’t know what to do. I found his blog very helpful and want to share with anyone going through a similar experience.
If I can one day help a fraction of the people who Altucher has, I will feel blessed.
What resources did you find got you through your hard times? I would love to hear from you.