It’s no secret that we sometimes fall into the trap of allowing a situation to reach crisis point before we begin to change things.
A crisis point can be defined as a difficult time in ones life where a solution is needed, and quickly!
It can be all too easy to let small things snowball into an avalanche of problems that seems almost impossible to control.
It may feel as though the crisis points we experience just hit us out of nowhere and sometimes they do. An awful accident or the death of a loved one are just two examples of crisis points that are unfortunate, unavoidable and can happen outside our immediate control.
There are, however, some crisis points that occur because of something in our control that we have neglected to act upon.
These crises arise from small instances and warning signs that, if ignored, turn into a full-blown disaster.
Here is a simple example of how this might happen:
Say you get a cut while out working in the garden. You choose to ignore it and keep gardening, not washing the wound for another hour or so when you finally get inside.
The next day the cut is still painful and the skin around it starts to redden and swell. You choose to ignore your body’s signs that something isn’t right and assume it will heal itself in time.
Fast forward a week and the cut is clearly infected. You apply some antibacterial ointment and assume that will fix it. Next thing you know the infection has spread into the bloodstream and you have septicemia.
Notice how neglecting to tend to the cut straight away and ignoring your body’s warning signs has led to the crisis point of getting seriously ill.
So what should you do if you find yourself in the midst of a crisis point?
Here are three steps we can take to help get you out of a crisis point and become better equipped to stop things from reaching this level again.
1: Confront it!
The first step to healing is admitting you need help.
Whether its physically, mentally, financially or emotionally, admit you’re in a bit of a fix and that you need help and you’re already in the right mindset to start getting back on your feet.
You won’t get anywhere by lying to yourself: if things aren’t fine, don’t pretend everything is OK.
2: Take things one step at a time.
It might help to write down your ultimate end goal and underneath come up with some steps or smaller goals that will help you achieve the desired end result.
Tick one off each time you achieve it as seeing how much you have done can help keep you going when you feel like giving up.
Remember, the key is to break the end goal up into smaller, more manageable tasks so you don’t become overwhelmed and give up.
Keep moving forward even if things aren’t happening as quickly as you would like. Slow progress is still progress!
3: Prevention system.
Implement a system that will ensure you will not get into the same situation again.
Ask yourself how and why the situation got as bad as it did and identify and warning signs you may have missed.
Write down a list of these warning signs and how you will combat them if they start creeping into your life again.
Arm yourself with these strategies and work hard at implementing them if you feel things may have the potential to slip into a crisis point again.
We all experience some form of crisis point at some stage in our lives.
Remember the three steps and that it is OK to ask for help.
Regardless of the situation, there is always someone that can help you on your way to a better road, whether it’s a relative, friend, doctor, colleague or organisation.
Don’t let a situation hit crisis levels before starting to do something about it.
You have the power right now to take control of your life and prevent things from hitting crisis point.