Sent to us by Sue London of Ask Sue London & Get Inspired Talk Radio Show

1.         A Strong Determination  ...

When I was first diagnosed with Crohns Disease I was angry, I was depressed, and I was devastated. My first thought was “Why me? Why was this happening to me?” Then at one of my doctor's appointments, my doctor said “You can
create more good days then bad days in your life!”  He was absolutely right!” If you are suffering sickness, sadness, or frustration remember his words to me because I know that you too can create more good days in your life also. Start each morning just before hopping out of bed and say, “It is going to be a fantastic day!” I am going to be productive and successful in everything that I do! Over and over every time a new challenge came my way I would say affirmations. Affirmations such as I can cope with this! I will be okay! It is possible!  Don't let things hold you back. Let your strong
determination kick into gear. Be positive and have faith that things are happening to you for a reason also.

2.         Stop Worrying

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it is you can. But, train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything. People spend an enormous amount of time worrying about the what if in life. What if this happens? What if that happens? Suppose this doesn't work. Suppose that fails. Always ask yourself can I do something about this? If you can, then do it. If you can't, then forget about it and let nature take its course. I and things don't flow then let it go!

 3.         Let Go

Everything in our like happens for a reason. In order to move forward in life you must complete the past to embrace the future. Some people go through life as if a huge anchor is behind them weighing them down. If they would release it, they’d be able to move on faster and succeed more easily. Releasing these anchors can often be the final step you need to complete your past and embrace the future. One way of releasing that past is to write a total truth letter to the person or people who caused you pain,  hurt, anger, etc. You are writing this letter only for your own purpose of getting
your feelings out. You are not going to share this letter with anyone. You share all your emotions in this letter. You can even use those words your mother taught you never to use. After you complete your letter, you sign it and date it. You do not reread it or you will put all those emotions back within. Tear the letter up or burn it immediately. You may have to repeat this exercise many times for those people who you have many issues with. I am sure you will find this very healing, just like I did!

4.         Visualization

Something that truly helped me was visualization. I will never forget my first hospital stay after being diagnosed with the disease. Every time I would feel a huge wave of pain come over me I would unfortunately put all my focus on how bad that pain was. I was blessed to have a nurse come into my room and notice what I was doing to myself. She told me if I were to visualize a peaceful place it would take me away from the pain.  That visualization is the photo you see on the front cover of my life story, “Soar Above It All - Overcoming Adversities In Life.”  You can picture your peaceful place any time any place to get away from you pain whether it be emotional or physical!

5.         Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is so important. What we think becomes our reality. If you think of doom and gloom and disaster that is exactly what you will get. Be positive; believe that things will work out well. Through a positive attitude, you can take your focus off the bad and you will see all the opportunities to move forward. A positive attitude will give you the
strength to overcome sadness, move away from fear and awaken the power with you!

6.         Smile

Smile at the people you meet and they will smile back at you. Smiling makes you look positive and more importantly, makes you feel positive. Your smile will make someone's day and that can be very healing for you both!

7.         Be accountable

In 1998 I joined a gym and worked with an amazing personal trainer. He made me set goals and be accountable to him. He suggested I keep trying new things to give me confidence. I went on to do rollerblading, golfing, skiing both downhill and cross-country, and even rock climbing. Learning these various sports built my confidence and helped me soar. I soon realized I could do anything I set my mind to. Find someone to be accountable to, set goals and go after your dreams.

8.         Be grateful

In 2004 I went to Hawaii. When we landed on that Maui runway I had tears streaming down my cheeks. I had just completed the biggest achievement of my life. I was extremely grateful. I was grateful to have my health so that I
could take that trip. I was grateful for all the people who had played such an important role in my healing process. I was grateful for the people who had miraculously come into my life at the exact moment when I needed them the most. Being grateful on a daily basis bring you great abundance in your life. Keep a daily journal of all the things you are grateful for and watch the abundance come your way!

9.         Get a pet

Having a pet in your life is the best therapy you could ever have. Pet therapy is the healing power of animals.  Animals have the power to comfort through unconditional love, they ease our pain. Animals give us strength and the courage to keep going. My dog, Spot, got me through a challenging childhood. My dog, Rocky, got me through illness, disease, divorce, and abuse. My dogs, Molly, Willy, and Gus daily support me and give me strength to grow to new heights. Bring an animal into your life and watch how healing it is for you also!

10.       Change the way you look at things

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change. Stress is not caused by a person or a situation. It is caused by our reaction to the person or the situation. When you accept that things happen for a reason you react better. Always look for the lesson to be learned.