Thriving in tough times is something that Chris Folland, Financial Health Coach, has banked up some valuable experience in. Below, he shares some gold nuggets that could be a game changer for you or someone you know.

Over to you Chris…

We’re all still at different points in the COVID tale, and I imagine we can all relate to the experience of tough times to some degree. So, in the midst of this interesting period in our history, my question for us is what lessons can be learned? And, how do we thrive in spite of them?

History shows us that there have always been tough times, and that these can also be the gateways for extraordinary opportunity.

So, whether you’re in the middle of a lockdown, or you’re seeing this video down the road and looking back on it, there’s value in reflecting on what helps us succeed. 

For myself, I’ve found 5 tips that have become my go-to’s for how to thrive, especially when the going gets tough:

1. Put your ladder against the right wall if your plan is right, then it doesn’t matter how good or bad things get. You can adapt, and keep on making progress. (Do feel free to message me if you ever want a sounding board for your plan). 

2. Craft a vision for what you want in the future – humans are the only animal on the planet with free will, and our thoughts can be so powerful when it comes to our ability to thrive. We can control our thoughts, and our thoughts influence our actions. Next our actions require our motivation, which are based on the stories we tell ourselves. 

So we can influence ourselves to create a positive vision and to develop the reality we’re seeking.  However, if we don’t control our thoughts, then we can suffer the negative impacts on our lives and potential.

Both are self-fulfilling.  

3. Pick the right mentor– find someone who has what you want, and get in contact with them to learn how they did it. I find most people are willing to share about their successes, so take the opportunity to learn from them and similarly model what they’re doing. 

4. Double your efforts – if we think about waves crashing against a shore, we know that is hard to swim against them. Although once we get past the waves, we’re in the clear, blue ocean again.

It makes sense then that we can get past the waves and the hard times. Doubling our efforts gets us through it.  

5. Double your learning – a mentor of mine put a lot of energy into the time he devoted daily to his own personal development. He started small and eventually built up to 2 hours – which not surprisingly had huge influence on everything in his life.

So, it’s a wise move to practice this kind of self-actualisation and build a positive vision for yourself 1 through the power of your thoughts and the 5 tips above. 

Until we see you for this week’s #AliveWithFi, ciao for now 🙂

1It’s worth remembering that the life we desire starts with the vision we create and the steps we take to create it –

“You can start small. Every small healthy effort adds up to a major positive impact on your mental experience. Each time you set a goal and achieve it (no matter how small) or overcome an unhealthy urge, you engage with your hope, optimism, and self-efficacy, which helps you exercise motivation, willpower, and the qualities of your heart. These small wins in your day are what psychologists call ‘pathways forward’ because they inevitably lead toward growth.”

 “How to Shift Your Mindset to Thrive During Challenging Times”

S. D’Simone, (2020)

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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