Why Wait for the Catastrophe?

Have you noticed how normal, fearful, insecure people can do amazing, logic-defying, almost super-human things when they have no choice? Or when they believe they have no choice? Weak people become strong. Lazy people become driven. Directionless people become focused. Reactive people become proactive. Decision avoiders become decision makers. Fearful people become courageous. Shy people become assertive and losers become leaders.

Yep, it happens. Always has and always will but the question is… why does it happen? Do these people somehow acquire more skill, power and ability in certain situations?

No, they don’t.

So what then?

What we often see is a massive internal (psychological, emotional) shift for the individual in the middle of the catastrophe. An instant change in thinking, rationalising, decision making and self-talk. Which can produce an instant and total change in behavior. Which can produce incredible results. Results which are at odds with anything that person has ever done or achieved to that point in time. Results which were always possible but never probable.

Until now.

Given the right conditions, people will tap into their untapped potential, power and possibilities. A door is opened to something that’s being lying dormant; something that was always there.  Obviously a single event can’t instantly make a person different but it can flick a switch. It can alter their state. Their sense of reality. It can make someone think, choose, act and react in a way they’ve never done before.

Unfortunately, some people need massive psychological and emotional leverage (like a catastrophe) before they will begin to explore, exploit and benefit from their potential and possibilities. It’s amazing how powerful, courageous and resourceful we can be when we want it enough.

If only we didn’t wait for the catastrophe. ;)

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VeganChic May 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

Amen!! If “only” we didn’t wait for the catastrophe!!

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Ahmad May 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

Excellent Post Craig.. You are an inspiration to many. This piece was dead on for me.. What I have noticed is that sometimes your posts (for me) are very prescient. When you stopped posting for a considerable time I literally thought I had unsubsidized by accident . What was funny was within a day or two you sent you our email stating “I am still alive” Thanks for your time and effort it is much appreciated.

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Natalie May 22, 2014 at 6:48 am

I’m so not waiting for diabetes, stroke, heart attack or cancer. I’m on my way to a better healthier me and I’m going to finish what I start. I also read an interesting article (not sure of it’s validity) that only 1% of heart attack survivors change their lifestyle that gave them the attack in the first place, so even a catastrophe sometimes doesn’t promote change. Scary thought.

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Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

Yup your right!! Youve inspired me to tackle my boss for days off to see my daughter – ive been putting it off for ages!! He’ll grunt n swear but wot the hell it wont kill me – thanks!!!

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Jode May 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

So true, Craig! Love the post…. Glad you’re back on board :)

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Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I appreciate your no bullshit approach in your posts and I am also glad you are back on board. I always keep your posts to refer to any time I need a kick up the arse to do something.

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ecmcspline May 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Yep, totally agree and for some unknown reason it is that point you can see things more clearer, however, we should introduce it into our lives daily and I am sure it will turn our thoughts, emotions & life for the matter around for the better. A catastrophe is something I am trying to avoid at all costs and be a better version of me, and thank you for the post :-)

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Cathy S May 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Although I have observed the ‘catastrophe’ (not sure we actually know what a true catastrophe is in the first world but anyways) as being the catalyst for someone’s metamorphosis into awesomeness, for myself my metamorphosis into a shift towards awesomeness was cause for a rather uncomfortable underpinning of many values, beliefs and life-long goals…..or catastrophe by definition here.
I wouldn’t change a thing (well maybe I would change some of the things)…..but it doesn’t always work the way of catastrophe first….change as a forced result.
The way I see it, nobody gets out of this life without experiencing atleast one life-changing opportunity (or catastrophe if you want to define it that way). It’s what you do with that experience that will matter most.

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