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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When Tough Times Hit, There Is Always HOPE!


Today this blog and I are participating in an "Overcomers Virtual Tour" coordinated by Nikki Leigh.

I'd like to bring your attention to an author whose comments below echo many of the lessons in
EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. One important lesson is clinging to hope, cultivating hope and allowing yourself to be comforted - perhaps healed - by the unknown and unexpected:

When Tough Times Hit, There Is Always HOPE! Mary Hays-Bridges

I was facing something more difficult than trying to survive the devastation from a negligent act. I had truly lost my sense of identity, purpose, and life goals. I could survive being a helpless invalid, but to be hopeless would be downright tragic.

My job in life now is to help others set new dreams and learn about survival – through Him. May my story impress upon you that HOPE can bring you through life's trials! Dreams DO come true! All things ARE possible! As a coach, “HOPE” now has added meaning for me - “Helping Others' Possibilities Endure.”

1. Before going to sleep, answer: “Today has been a good day because ____________________________.” Focus on the people you love, the things that inspire you, the daily details that are within your power to change. Happiness is found in these small details of life.

2. Keep a goals/gratitude journal. Today, what action step did you take towards your goal? Focusing on goals gives a renewed sense of purpose, adds confidence, cultivates self-esteem, and adds structure to life. Writing down your action steps and daily progress is a positive reinforcement. Counting your blessings adds a measure of humility, compassion and keeps optimism alive.

3. Read and/or listen to motivational and inspirational books.

4. Use pictures and sayings to make a focus board collage for each goal. Seeing these positive affirmations daily enhances your endurance and strength.

Become your own cheerleader through positive self-talk.

Happiness + Optimism + Perseverance + Endurance = HOPE
When tough times hit, never give up HOPE!

From Overcomers, Inc.; True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration. To get your own copy and receive dozens of bonus gifts go to


Notice that Mary Hayes-Bridges recommends "Read and/or listen to motivational and inspirational books." She also believes in a benevolent Creator.*

I do, too.

EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge holds a list of recommended humorous, uplifting, spiritual, and insightful reading and listening materials in the Global Resources section at the back of the book. Each chapter can help you to grow more optimistic. The book explains how to cope with hospitalization, mountains of paperwork, roller coaster emotions, physical pain, heartache and moody people around you. Order YOUR copy today!

Yocheved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life

*We worship differently, but we realize that we're not here alone. We are spiritual beings, part of a larger picture we can't completely fathom.


Kimberly Martin said...

Hello Yocheved,

It's amazing the resiliance we find we have at the most important and often challenging times of our lives. I can see how the work that you do is a wonderful support for those facing similar challenges and our hope is that our book Overcomers, Inc. will be there for anyone looking for hope, inspiration and courage in rough times.

Yocheved Golani said...

;^ )