Rock Bottom? The Only Way Is Up

balanceI’ve been talking to a fellow entrepreneur who has hit rock bottom. I am not the only person in the world to have said that I envied the clean slate and her opportunity to reinvent herself.

Neither is she the only person I know who has brought about their own downfall and I wondered aloud if this was precisely so that she could enjoy the opportunity to reinvent herself – again – because it’s not the first time she’s done it apparently. It’s a pattern.

  • What would you do if your slate were wiped clean, now that you are older and wiser?
  • Who would you be if you could reinvent yourself from the ground up?
  • And would you be brave enough to create those circumstances in your own life, precisely so that you had to do it?

Be careful what you wish for. Although if we find ourselves in that position, no doubt we could all re-build because we’d have no choice, but very few of us would pick it, I think. None but the brave.

What’s the best thing you can say for being at rock bottom? The only way is up. That’s the good news. And there’s always good news.

PS Just to be clear, Dear Universe, I am not asking for this opportunity in my own life, Thank you, love Judith x

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  1. Judith Morgan says:

    You are right, Jackie, in that we have so much we sometimes take for granted and they are things like health, friends, family, love, warmth, food, security etc. I like to feel gratitude for the simple things at difficult times, my cat, my comfy bed, my shower, my central heating, my sanctuary. Bless you for sharing. We’ve all been there, it seems.

  2. Rock bottom … it’s an interesting place isn’t it as I think it’s different for everyone and each time I imagined I hit rock bottom, I had the opportunity to look around and realise that I hadn’t. Somehow I still had a roof over my head – perhaps not my own roof, but I still was warm, was fed, had my humour and health. Remaining connected to people and nature have been my saviour, along with remembering that I was more than my problems and nobody and nothing could remove my essence, love or inner wisdom. I’m sure with your support your client too will find she is more than she ever imagined.

  3. Judith Morgan says:

    Hi Carol, how wonderful to hear that from you, a woman who’s been there. There is always good news, we just have to find it and listen to it. There’s something for us all to hold onto for starters. Thanks for sharing. J

  4. Judith Morgan says:

    Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. I hope 2014 is your ‘only way is up’ year. Keep in touch and let us know how it turns out? J

  5. Judith Morgan says:

    Interestingly, Marion, I brought him up during our conversation and recommended his strategy for precisely this situation. Early to bed and lots of good sleep, top notch healthy nutrition (and none of it too late at night), early to rise and exercise, gratitude journaling or something similar of a spiritual nature but gratitude deffo, and writing down lists of ideas. He says he’s never had to do that for longer than three months without a breakthrough. And you are right, he’s genius at bouncing back. Perhaps it gets easier with practice and although we’ve both bounced along a rocky road at times in the decade in which we have been friends, neither of us has been at rock rock bottom I think. And my client was jolly, upbeat and optimistic as we both know her to be. Thanks for your thoughts. Great minds think alike. He’s a perfect recommendation for this scenario and useful for less scary versions of it too. x

  6. Marion Ryan says:

    I know you’re a fan of James Altucher, Judith. Have you read his book, Choose Yourself? I only started reading it today – I’m on about page 7! so can’t vouch for what comes next but here is a man who’s hit rock bottom and knows how to get himself back up. Right now I notice it’s only £1.29 on Amazon, maybe there’s gold in them their pages for her?

    I suspect we’ve all hit rock bottom at some point or other in our lives, at least a point where we can’t imagine it could possibly get worse (though it could). As Tony Robbins once said to me through the pages of ‘Letters to a Friend’ – What’s great about this problem?

    But I’m not answering your excellent questions. If I could start again I would be a comedy actress and writer.

  7. Laura says:

    Having hit bottom last year, I can so relate to this. It can be hard to see the good news, but it is always there. As for reinventing – that window is still rather dark, but I am assured it will come clear in time. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Carol Graham says:

    Every time I hit rock bottom, I found a way to get up. It came to the point that i didn’t think I had the strength or the courage but always found a thread of hope to hang onto. This is precisely why I wrote Battered Hope last year — to help those who are going through similar situations. I hear you loud and clear and my heart aches for those who hit bottom. I loved what you said – THERE IS ALWAYS GOOD NEWS — we just have to find it and listen to it.

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