By Chris Adsit – Resource Coordinator for REBOOT Recovery
Challenge. Discomfort. Uncertainty. Failure. When you are already dealing with the effects of stress and trauma and these bullies lumber into your life, most of us are ready to throw in the towel. “What ELSE could go wrong??” But what if I was to tell you that its possible to turn these adversaries into allies?
TRAUMA HEALING: WHAT TO EXPECT
No goal worth achieving is ever a moonlight stroll down a rose-strewn path. Those who set their sights on becoming a professional athlete, a college graduate, a doctor, a master mechanic, whatever, expect to encounter adversity, headwinds, hard knocks, and set-backs. But they are not deterred because (a) they want that objective bad, and (b) they own that unique quality of “Grit.” If you have experienced trauma and are struggling with its aftereffects, no doubt one of your highest goals is healing. Reality check: expect the same hardships.
Trauma sufferers almost universally tend to shift their lives into neutral. Go passive. Self-isolate. Pull into themselves and just hope that somehow it will all just go away. It won’t. Not with that mindset.
Healing from trauma also requires action. God is your primary healer, and He knows what you need in order to get there. But He won’t whack you with a magic wand and suddenly you’re good to go. Like just almost everything in life, there is a process we need to go through. And the things we pick up in that process will benefit us in ways we had no clue about when we started our healing journey.
ACTIONS PROCEED FROM ATTITUDE
The actions that a trauma sufferer needs to take will be energized by their attitude. Is it possible to view the difficulties we encounter positively, and actually use them as a springboard to realizing our dearly-held goals? The Bible says YES!
When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. – James 1:2-4 (Phillips)
This series will help give you that gritty mindset that will lead to your healing.
Topics covered by the course include:
- What is “Grit” and how do I get it?
- How Grit helps combat soldiers achieve a golden goal: staying alive.
- How “Training Challenges” help conquer “Actual Challenges,” and how they both produce Grit.
- How incorporating “Spiritual Training Challenges” into your life sets you up for success.
- How stress can either be debilitating or strengthening – your mindset decides which.
- Why “motivation” is crap.
- How Grit contributed to Jesus’ willingness to endure the cross.
- How Grit contributed to the incredible life of the Apostle Paul.
- How truly trivial the “failure factors” are that keep us from achieving our goals.
- What the difference is between “Perseverance” and “Endurance” – and why you want one over the other.
The goal of this Life Guide is to help you gain the mindset necessary to recruit adversity, make it your ally, and use it to help you heal from trauma.
STAY GRITTY, MY FRIEND!