Giving up the load: allow yourself to release the problem
Inspiration & Wisdom
By Camille BoivinJuly 31, 2012
There are times when we are utterly incapable of managing our circumstances. I’m referring to life’s curve balls such as a cancer diagnosis, death in the family, job loss, car accidentsÂ – those biggies that everyone hopes to avoid. (This may be why when they finally hit, we’re left completely overwhelmed and unprepared – obviously.) But here’s how to conquer that helplessness and hook into your resilience.
While lost in the forest, after hours of aimless walking and no progress, a sense of dÃ©jÃ vu came over me and took me back to the days when I was in treatment for cancer. I’d been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the therapy included chemotherapy, radiation, brachytherapy and immune therapy. If you’ve ever known someone going through their own health battle, than you know how crushing the process can be both on the body and the spirit.Â In my journey to health, I lost control of my body and in turn was totally overwhelmed.
Following a suggestion from my mother, I gave up the burden: “Cam, send it to a higher, bigger power,” she suggested. And that is what I did . . . I sent away the obligation, the helplessness, the need to control the situation.
This is what you do when the hugeness becomes too huge:
Your take away:
Lost in the forest I asked for help and let the universe take over. I would keep walking, and it would sort out this enormous problem. Never mind that the sun was sinking, I had the big powers sorting out the situation.Â And that’s when a squirrel-inspired miracle happened. . . but we’ll save that till the next post. (coming up soon, the most essential tool of empowered success in your professional and person lives. Keep an eye!)
What overwhelming situations have you encountered?
Where do you send the burden when it becomes too much?
Would you share a story about asking for help?
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, bringing herknowledge of resilience, perseverance, and changing perception to others. She aspires toÂ help women explode their success. For more posts and experiences, join Camille at her Sister Leadership page, connect on Twitter, and follow on Facebook. Welcome to the Sister Leadership community!
Title: Certified Executive Coach, ACC
Organization: Sister Leadership
Camille Boivin transitioned from 30 years of corporate sales and marketing experience to one with more entrepreneurial spirit. In 2009/2010, she reached top sales recognition by achieving 49% growth in multi-million dollar advertising buys at our nationâ€™s #1 daily newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen. As she creates a space to be more curious about life, she is coaching extraordinary women leaders in entrepreneurship, mid-management and senior executive positions. Transformational coaching consists of mind, body and purpose shifts, which is supported by focusing on building on strengths. Ms. Boivin's clients are leaders in healthcare, client relationship management, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer. Ms. Boivin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Executive coach training program and possess 30 years of experience in the corporate sales and marketing. She is a certified practitioner of EQ 2.0 and DISC. As a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she facilitates workshops on how to better communicate with others as well as to seek clarity for what we want in life. She is a trained facilitator of DISC, Legacy Leadership and Coaching Out-of-the-Box. Ms. Boivin's top five values are: courage, empathy, confidence, community and wellness. What she brings to the co-creation coaching process is a very safe space to dive into bigger issues both personally and professionally, starting with business challenges and, when the client is ready, moving away from strategies into our belief system. Purpose fuels her courage as she has transitioned, as many do, from a fiery point of disease to one of extraordinary health. She has been through the eye of the needle and returned with more energy and resilience than ever before.