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Facing Challenges

Editor’s Note

Danielle is an intuitive genius when it comes to business and life. Check out her wonderful guest article on facing challenges and a quick exercise to identify tools you can use to overcome challenges.

When I got fired from my own company, I cried myself to sleep and got up the next morning and did crazy Kundalini yoga in my living room to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Soul, soothed.

When my marriage hit the snowbank, I knew just the poetry book to read obsessively, the right astrologer to call, and that Green Smoothies were better than the pack of Marlboro’s I craved.

When I had a book deal in jeopardy, I knew just the person to call to give me straight up strategic counsel, and that if I dropped everything that afternoon and went to my favorite beach, the right answer would come to me.

Life throws you a curve ball…. Your dog dies… The relationship isn’t working and you can’t deny it… You got canned…. A surprise diagnosis… The tough meeting that it’s time to have… These are all things that you can handle.

You can rise to the occasion after you remember what you’re made of — but you need those reminders.

The thing about being afraid or in crisis mode is that we can get so spun out that we forget where the emergency exit or the rip-cord is. Where’s your bridge over troubled water? Who ya gonna call? How do you spell relief? Lunch with your best friend, a visit to church, a call with your mastermind group, a few laps in the pool, silence?


Make a list of your soul vitamins so you can mentally, or literally, refer to it when the going gets rougher than tough. This will serve as your go-to list, your secret stash of pick-me-up’s, your 911 Life Operator.

Answer these questions for yourself — now — before the curve ball hits.

1. INSTANT AWESOME FEEL GOODS: “When I do the following, I am guaranteed to feel close to 100 percent improved, lighter, and focused…”

2. MODERATELY HELPFUL: “When I do the following, I will likely feel a sense of relief or improvement…

As for downing a carton of cookie dough ice cream, drunk-dialing your former flame, sneaking a smoke in the airplane bathroom, watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels reruns instead of going to yoga class, and all manners of vengeful vandalism . . . let’s put that “comfort list” in its place. Answer this for yourself:

3. TEMPTING, BUT NO. REALLY…NO.: “Even though I might think that doing the following things will bring me relief and comfort, they actually aren’t helpful at all…”

So much of being resilient is about having good emotional reserves. You just need to remember what fills you up when you need it the most.

Editor’s Note:

danielle laport bookWhen it comes to business advice, one of the few people I trust and learn from is Danielle LaPorte. She is an intuitive genius and (to me) the goddess of prosperity.

Danielle did to my business like what Eckhart Tolle did to my soul. And that’s a big statement.

Last year, I did a one-on-one consulting session with her, and it marked a pivotal point in my business’ growth. The clarity and confidence I gained from that experience allowed my business to grow twenty-fold. I am deeply thankful to her.

Her new book—The Fire Starter Sessions—is just divine. It’s not your typical self-help book. Not only is it beautifully designed (Make sure to get a physical copy instead of kindle to get the full experience), it is immensely practical, action-able and inspiring.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or not, you will find incredible value and juicy ideas all throughout it. And if that’s not enough, the book is based on a digital product that used to sell for $150 but is no longer available. The book will ignite you into action, and before you know it, your life will be changed for the better. Be sure to get a copy here. Really.

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About the author

Danielle LaPorte is the author of the forthcoming book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms (from Random House/Crown). An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist. Over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice on Based in Vancouver, BC, you can find her on Facebook and on Twitter @daniellelaporte

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65 thoughts on Facing Challenges

  1. Luvlee

    When I’m feeling down over several days, grabbing my camera and shooting photos can shift my mood.

    If its a low mood over a couple of hours I’ve found that taking a drive and listening to music can help me get out of the funk.

    If I can’t take a drive, I’ll need to get up and walk around and do some focused breathing.

    Always looking for additional methods to keep in the arsenal so thanks for this post.

  2. Henri

    Getting angry on myself for letting the mess (work) grow too big to influencing my mood then cleaning the apartment and organizing work and getting stuff done. Its the focused thoughtless cleaning routine that helps to clear the mind. Cheers!

  3. Diana

    Thanks Danielle.
    “You can rise to the occasion after you remember what you’re made of — but you need those reminders.”

    This short, but to the point, has come to me at a time that I need to be reminded what I’m made of. Unfortunately, bad moments have a thing on staying for awhile, so I need all the advice I can absorb!

    What activity puts me in my comfort zone? Working out. Being able to push my body to a limit, and then feeling that emotional/mental burn to push harder! If it’s not working out, it would either be holding my camera – shooting away, hanging out with my best friends, or enjoying nature.

  4. I love to walk outside. It nourishes me. I love Danielle’s articles and am a big fan. Thanks for sharing here on ThinkSimpleNow. Love this blog too!

  5. Jean

    When feeling stressed I call my best friend who is also my sister. We help each other through everything.

  6. Jean

    When I get stressed or worried I call my sister, she is my best friend.
    I also will go outside and sit and just focus on nature. (Sounds, smells, animals).

  7. Tara

    Hi Danielle!
    Thank you for this article! I recently discovered Restorative Yoga (aka organized nap time ;)) I <3 it!!! On Friday's I make the effort to finish work on time to unwind from the week I just had and just be mindful of my body, being in the present moment and renewing my spirit for what comes next!

    I am always looking for ideas for Team Building Exercises for my staff. We support adults with disabilities and we don't always take time for ourselves. These questions would be great to remind each of us to reevaluate what is important for us as individuals.

    I also wanted to say "thanks" to those who have left comments… I may add some new ideas to my lists!

    I feel inspired!

  8. KTO

    Yoga and swimming in the ocean – soothe the savage beast.

  9. Beautifully stated! Things that bring me to my comforting zone are:
    watching a movie in an art house movie theater, time with my husband or dog, singing, Kundalini yoga, serving others, green smoothies, dancing in the kitchen, jumping dance with my husband and many more.
    Thanks for bringing me back to them!

  10. Thank you so much for this post!
    I usually jog four rounds around our local football field when I need to get away from too much noise (aka money problems). But I never really called it a soul vitamin before.
    I am an introvert so lunches with friends or anything involving other people would just create more chaos in me. I need silence, and thanks for reminding me that I do.

  11. My ‘comfort zone’ activities have changed over the years. I don’t know how to explain this changes, now that this question is posed by TSN, I’ve just realised this differences.

    When I was younger, I used to love to make cards/posters, use alot of colours, and simply ‘cutting and pasting’ stuff,.playing with colours was so soothing for me.

    Today, when I feel down and have no one to speak to, the first thing I do is to look for baking recipes online, and start baking in silence, and watch the dough rise in the oven. The smell of freshly baked cake/muffins gives me a huge sense of calmness. But other than that, I would just rub my dog’s head. Him being still and so loyal to me sends comfort straight to the heart.

    And when I generally feel that I need inspiration, I turn to blogs like this- it never fails to teach me something new.

  12. Hi!
    Thanks for the nice info. about the tecnoprenuer stuff, I’m a newly vindicated entreprenuer who is enthusiastically looking for some useful advice that I can use for my chosen field.. Hope I could be qualified for your draw and get the copy of your fire starter Book giveaways.. To answer your question about the things and activities on my comfort zone I think talking with my family and friends about anything or doing some fun fun fun activities with my children or doing some research work on how to improve myself and be an effected entreprenuer..
    Good luck to Think Simple Now it’s always brings something new.. A nice read and it never fails to bring me enlightenment with my daily routine activities..

  13. Great post!.. Love all the tips that you’ve shared. Thanks for sharing.

  14. What a great blog. It reminds me of a book I just recently finished that blew me away. 25 Laws for Doing the Impossible. It’s a must read.

  15. This is really very useful to find ideas for Team Building Exercises for my staff because we always support adults with disabilities.

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