The Gift of Crisis

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A life crisis can be a divorce, death of a loved one, a medical diagnosis, addiction, disease, abuse, betrayal, financial crisis, and so much more. Crises can cause total emotional and psychological upheaval, loss of control, and feelings of powerlessness and isolation.

However, a traumatic event, or crisis, can also bring people together; it can inspire us to form unexpected bonds with those around us. Crises can be wake-up calls that influence us to reevaluate our lives. They can shake us to our core and force us to reassess our behavior and our priorities. So, how can a crisis reveal our greatest gifts? How can we learn to rebuild, rise from the ashes, and push forward?

Next month, Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women have the honor of hosting Dr. Debi Silber, candidate, speaker, coach, and author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling Book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind and Life After a Life Crisis. In her lecture titled “How Your Biggest Crisis Can Be Your Greatest Gift”, Dr. Debi Silber will teach us how to tap into our greatest strengths, persevere through our most trying experiences, and discover the potential gifts a crisis can bring to our lives. Dr. Debi Silber will help us learn to how overcome our challenges and uncover the limitless possibilities for growth and transformation. Here is a brief list of specific techniques and strategies you’ll learn:

  • What’s behind sabotage? Why do you do it and how to stop.

  • Ways you sabotage your efforts and how it’s causing you to feel overweight, unfit, overwhelmed, unfulfilled and unhappy.

  • The corners you're cutting to get it all done and how it's impacting what you want most.

  • The main energy drains chipping away at your health, happiness and success.

  • How an illness, crisis, tragedy, or trauma can be the catalyst you need to create the body, health, and lifestyle you want most.

In addition to these topics Debi will cover in her lecture, there are specific, actionable steps we can practice daily to help foster growth and help us through our recovery:

  • Stay grounded and centered. Practicing mindfulness and intention can help restore balance and stability to your life. This doesn’t have to mean meditation or yoga; the possibilities for this practice is endless. It’s for you to discover what works best for you.

  • Cultivate a positive mindset. Positivity can truly change your life. Cultivating positivity may be difficult, but like everything, practice really does make a difference. For every negative thing that happens, try to find the positive in it as well.

  • Utilize personal and professional resources. There are countless professional and personal programs and resources you can get involved in. These programs are a great way to network, connect with others, challenge yourself, and heal. You don’t have to do this alone!

  • Create and maintain a community of support. Having a support system is one of the most important aspects of healing from a crisis. Lean on those who support you, be open to receiving help, offer help to others who are experiencing something similar, connect with your community. Seek and accept support so you can heal.

  • Make effective decisions under pressure. Making decisions under pressure can be difficult, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Remember your boundaries and goals, strategize, seek advice, and trust yourself.

  • Set priorities and boundaries. Setting priorities makes our goals, ambitions, and values more impactful and gives us more direction. Setting boundaries ensures mutual respect, support, and care for a healthy relationship.

  • Cope with fear and anxiety. Coping with fear and anxiety is essential for living a fuller life. Fear and anxiety not only cripple us mentally, but it can also cause damaging health effects.

  • Work through grief. Working through your grief is painful and vulnerable process. And it is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time and hard work. The ways of working through grief is different for everyone; however, there are some things that remain the same. Some of these include accepting your feelings, expressing your feelings, pacing yourself, get involved in a fun activity, and keeping the faith that you can heal from this and find peace.

  • Recognize and foster personal and professional growth. Challenging yourself in your personal and professional lives can help you grow, sharpen your skills, connect with your community, ensures knowledge and abilities, cultivates creativity, and builds confidence.

At Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, we value the possibilities we as women can create in the workplace and in our personal lives. Our mission is to advance women’s equal participation, leadership, and professional careers through networking opportunities, community involvement, member education, and much more. Contact us today for more information.