5 Ways To Respond To Life’s Curveballs

I AM BACK MY LOVES! I’ve missed my Fortitude Fam so much! It has been absolutely rough for the past six weeks and I’ve been STARVING for some engagement with you all. For those who are unaware, I have been living with a chronic illness called Crohn’s disease. During this six-week period, I developed ulcerations in my mouth that prevented me from speaking. Due to diligent assistance from my doctor and prayers from my loved ones I’ve been able to get back to my regular schedule. My struggles have inspired me to shed light on ways you all can overcome spontaneous obstacles in life so you can get back on track with your passions!

1. Don’t Overreact

Although this curveball may have caused a major shift, it isn’t the end of the world. Things can always be worse. Despite your situation, time will continue moving forward. Your progression will depend on your response to these events.

2. Let Go

Joseph Goldstein once said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”.

It’s imperative that we accept that we cannot control all instances in our lives. Our individual behaviour, thoughts we entertain, and again, the way we react to certain occurrences is all under our jurisdiction. However, external forces are not predictable. You can express your desire for things to be different in the future, but in the present moment, you have to accept things as they are. All happenings in life have a purpose. Focus on what you can control.


3. Don’t Take Things Personal

In some instances, we may be enticed to think, “Why me?”. Fueling these kinds of thoughts can shatter your sense of self. Although it stimulates growth when you acknowledge your mistakes, you are not always at fault. Instead of harbouring negativity, you can fuel your transition with positive energy. That change can be initiated by asking better questions such as:

  • What do I need to get through this?
  • What is the solution?
  • What can I learn from this?

4. Reset Your Intentions

The curveball you were thrown probably pushed you off course. To get back on track you must set new goals for yourself and start committing to the actions necessary to achieve them. It may help to set small short-term goals to build your confidence and then push to conquer more challenging feats.


5. Meditate/Prayer

Stress, fear, anger, and anxiety are all feelings that are associated with an event that has a negative impact on your life.  Your brain’s activity increases. The more stressed you become, the faster your brain waves vibrate.

Meditating or praying can slow down your brain’s rhythm, which will result in a relaxed state of mind in which you will develop the ability to generate alternatives, see opportunities, and come up with creative solutions.


I hope these tips help you! – Leave a comment a share your story or give me some feedback!

1 Comment

  1. Lily M on October 31, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Brava, gioia!!! Well written and applicable not only in business, but for life as well! 👍🏽❤