Thriving After Trauma: Using Hardship to Spark Your Drive
When you have suffered from a trauma in the past, this can have a major effect on your life going forward. You might worry that past problems will mean you can’t be successful in the future, or you might even suffer from a mental illness such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety.
This does not have to mean that you cannot thrive in life. In fact, many people use their past traumas to spark their drive and become extremely successful. Read on to discover how.
Find Out Who You Are
When you go through a major traumatic event, it can completely change your life. It might do so in a physical way; you could have suffered from an injury such as a burn, the loss of a limb, or blindness, for example. It might be a mental condition that develops like PTSD, as mentioned above. Whatever it is, the changes can be profound.
Although this will be unpleasant and life-changing, it can also be something that allows you to really find out who you are. You might realize that the life you were living before just wasn’t what you really wanted. Now that you have the chance to think more about everything, you understand what it is you really want, and this will give you the push you need to move forward and take some chances.
Knowing who you really are is the most important element when you are sparking your drive and making your life a better one.
You’ve Seen the Worst
Major trauma in your life will often end up being the worst experience that you have ever been through. No matter what it is, that trauma will be personal to you, and whatever happens you know that nothing could get worse than that.
Why is this good? The positive here is that you will feel stronger when it comes to trying new things. Because you have already been through the worst in your life, you’ll be confident that even if you try something and fail, it won’t be so terrible. It will just be another step in moving away from the trauma and towards the life you want to create.
When you are overcoming trauma and moving forward in life in order to be successful, you will be better able to help others. You can talk to people who have had similar experiences to your own — or even those who have been through other types of trauma — and know that you understand each other.
Helping others is a wonderful way to thrive and become successful in life. Firstly, you never know who you might meet when you are looking to do good for others. You could meet a new business partner, enter into a relationship, or find a new best friend for life. Being with others is a great way to continue to live your life.
Secondly, when you help others, your own life’s path can often become clearer. You might see a new idea or direction to go in that you never considered before.