This week’s challenge-buster is seeing the golden glitch in whatever gnarly-bit it is that we’re facing. 1

You may be able to relate. Sometimes when things are going really well, the pendulum can end up swinging in the opposite direction; into not-so-crash-hot-ville. And that’s poopy.

What’s been such a breath of fresh air for me, is the advice Gay Hendricks gives in his cracking book The Big Leap. Namely that what appears as a glitch can actually be a golden opportunity in cunning disguise.

He invites us to realize that we’re what he calls upper limiting ourselves. We all have an upper comfortable-limit, and when we get too close to it, we might sabotage ourselves somehow.

Right then and there – in that not-so-fab-moment, he suggests that we sit with the yucky feeling.

And really let it show itself, rather than immediately reacting, and spot how that feels.

And then be patient.


Sit with it, and observe what pops up outside of the poppyness. It might feel like a warm feeling in our tummy or chest.

Bare in mind, this process might take a half hour or so.

You’re worth it. Because this is where the other side of the coin can show itself, and the blessing blossoms.

This step has been an eye-opener for me, as having a knee-jerk reaction to seemingly-negative events can mean I block out what happens next. And then I get distracted into cruddyness.

The bottom line is that when something comes up that’s not ideal, it can easily mask the golden opportunity that’s actually under the surface.

I’ve been trialing this idea, and I’ve noticed it helps me to step out of adrenaline-mode and back into parasympathetic-mode. Basically this means helping my nervous system shift out of stress and closer to ease and health.

Can you relate to ever spotting the gems within the lumps of coal?

Til we see each other on this week’s #AliveWithFi  – keep sharing your sunshine 😊



1It’s a given that we all face challenges in our lives, whether in “personal issues, professional challenges, or flat-out bad luck that ruins your day. [However] if you can train your mind to view these problems as opportunities for growth, you’ll become far more adept at handling them quickly, efficiently, and with less stress.” “How to Change Your Mindset to See Problems as Opportunities” J. DeMers (n.d.)

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.







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