That’s exactly what happened to me four years ago when I got into a serious car accident on a major NJ highway on a beautiful day in June.
The day started out like most of mine do… I kissed my husband Keith good-bye and gave my daughter Jess a quick hug before putting her on the school bus.
Eight hours later I was sitting in my car in the middle of the highway praying. My SUV, which was going 65 miles-an-hour at the time, was hit by a car that was sent flying into my lane by a tractor trailer.
I’ll never forget what happened next.
When the car windows exploded I let go of the steering wheel and covered my face with my hands. It felt like I was on a roller coaster ride that went wild and remembered thinking that I managed to wiggle my way out of some pretty tough situations, but this time I wasn’t going to be as lucky.
I also thought that if the force of the crash didn’t kill me, the tractor-trailer I had just passed going up the hill would.
I flipped twice before landing in an upright position in the middle of the four-lane highway. That’s when I started to pray and didn’t stop until a guardian angel/EMT name Joe came running over to help me.
I not only survived the crash, but walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. Doctors at the hospital told me it was a miracle that I was alive.
Call it luck, Divine intervention or destiny. I call it getting a second chance.
The next morning I woke up to the same problems – along with some new ones –but didn’t feel nearly as frustrated, angry or stressed about them as I did the day before. For weeks and months following my accident I kept saying these six words to myself over and over again:
“I’m so lucky to be alive, I’m so lucky to be alive, I’m so lucky to be alive…”
And that’s what I’ve been telling myself every day since.
It was a wake-up-call and reality check that radically changed my life.
It helped me stop viewing my problems as exhausting and overwhelming difficulties that sucked the living-life out of me and more like second chances that challenged me to become stronger and better.
So friend, I don’t want you to experience a life- threatening car accident to begin looking at your problems in a more proactive way. So starting today I want you to give your power and energy to finding solutions by using these three helpful tips.
1. Don’t wait.
There are two things that I know for sure in life. One – change is constant – and two – that your time on this earth is limited, so it’s important you figure out what you want to do with it. Why? Because there’s a chance you won’t be here tomorrow.
Steve Jobs said it best:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”
2. Think BIG.
When you feel overwhelmed by your situation it’s normal to get caught up in the emotions of the moment. When you feel yourself going to that paralyzing place, STOP whatever it is you’re doing, and ask yourself these questions:
Am I for the most part healthy? Do I have friends and family who love me? Do I have a roof over my head? Can I put food on my table? Can I work?
If you answered yes to any of them, you my friend have it a heck-of a lot better than millions of others on our planet who struggle every day just to survive.
Asking yourself these questions forces you to step-back and look at the big picture. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your day-to-day problems and forget the things that are most important.
So maybe sitting in traffic for two hours to get to work really does suck – but it’s better than not having a job at all
3. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Are you afraid to ask for help because you think it’s a sign of weakness or because you’re afraid of what other people will think of you?
The truth is getting the help you need isn’t a sign of weakness — but a sign of greatness because it shows that you want to improve your current situation.
Don’t ever be afraid to seek out solutions and get the perspective of others. You’ll find that there are plenty of good people out there who’d love to share their ideas and lend you a helping hand.
PUT THIS INTO ACTION NOW!
In the comments below please let me know which one of these three tips you think will help you deal with your problems better and why?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me and others!
Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!