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Day 5: Recovery Techniques

While derailing behaviours can knock us off course to our goals, we don’t tend to let them stop us. We have learned ways of recovering from the setback.

Listen to the audio, then do the journaling activity below.

PHOTO: Two sleeping dogs outside in Huaraz, Peru. I wrote a story about these very special two entitled “Los Dos Perros”.

Compassion is a word that has a very deep, emotional, and philosophical meaning. However, it gets bandied around too much these days.

Usually, at this stage in an adventure like this, your guide would instruct you to have compassion for your own learning.

But what does that mean?

Compassion isn’t quite the right word.

What you need to do is decompress your learning.

If you’re going to get the most out of what’s available on this adventure, you take the pressure off. Stop trying to be good at what you’re doing.

Time for your journal…

In the previous lesson, we explored the derailing behaviours generated by self-doubt. Procrastination, negative self-talk, distraction, and overwhelm are examples of those behaviours. Most of us have experienced them many times in our journey toward achieving goals.

While derailing behaviours can knock us off course to our goals, we don’t tend to let them stop us. We have learned ways of recovering from the setback.

These techniques help us overcome self-doubt at the moment it happens. They are like bandaids applied to a gaping wound in our confidence. We patch ourselves up and get moving again.

In this activity, we are going to list out some of our favourite recovery techniques.

Write in your journal the recovery technique you applied to five of the moments you listed yesterday (Day 4). Add the fine details of practically what went on. The more detail, the better.

For example, to recover from feeling overwhelmed, I write down all the tasks requiring completion. I number the tasks in order of priority and force myself to stick to that sequence, diligently ticking boxes as I progress.

What methods do you use to recover from your derailing behaviours?

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