Terrible, Horrible, No Good Days


In elementary school my favorite part of the day was Story-time. I’ve always loved how stories made me feel and got my imagination running wild. One of my favorite stories was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”.

From the moment Alexander wakes up, things just go wrong in his way. As he gets up, the chewing gum that was in his mouth the night before ends up in his hair. He trips on the skateboard and drops his sweater in the sink while the water is running. He finds out that it is going to be a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. His day gets worse as the day goes on. It seems as if anything that could go wrong went wrong. How many of us have had these days? A running gag in the story is that every time something bad happens Alexander says he wants to go to Australia cause he heard its better there. At the end of the story his mom tells him that they have Terrible, Horrible, No Good Days in Australia too.

I get it when things start going wrong it’s easy to want to get in bed and pull the covers over our heads. But when you get out of bed those issues will be still be right there waiting on you. But the reality is Bad days will come. It doesn’t matter if you move to Australia you will still have bad days. For some of us those days will be short and for some of us those days will appear to be never-ending. Sometimes it’s not the load that breaks us, it’s the way we carry it that breaks us. You have to learn how to how to keep going when you want to stop and give up. You can’t give up or fall apart every time something bad happens. Everyone has problems and we all have bad things happen to us BUT we also all have the potential to be resilient. Here are 3 quick steps to tapping into that potential.

1. Take control of your emotions before they take control you: In order to be resilient you have to have a positive outlook. Remind yourself that most of what you are going through is temporary. Focus on what you can learn to do different in the situation and move according.

2. Don’t ignore the phone calls and text: A strong support system is great but if you isolate yourself they cant be that. A support system reminds us that we are important to someone.

3. Lastly remind yourself “This too Shall pass” : Why do need this reminder? Well because it’s true. Every bad situation has a beginning and an ending but if you give up you won’t ever figure that out.

At the end of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day” after he realizes that no matter where he goes he will still have bad days he concludes that he will stay where he is cause tomorrow can’t be any worse. And that’s the thing Bad days will come BUT……Good days will come as well. But the only to get to the Rainbow after the storm is endure the storm. You have to act accordingly. Remember Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to those things.

(Charles Swindoll)

We can choose to allow ourselves to crushed or choose to keep going. Control your attitude and you can control the outcome of the situation.

Whenever you wake up and start having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good day use these tips to shift your thinking and change the momentum of the day. Building your resiliency helps you bounce back and connect you to your inner strength and turns you from Victim to Victorious

Resilience Coach,

LA Townsend

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