Positive Crisis


What is a crisis? “A turning point in the course of anything; a decisive or crucial time.” You may be thinking, “Another crisis is the last thing I need!” But stay with me, because this strategy is incredibly powerful in it’s ability to catapult you toward goal achievement and life excellence.

I’ll begin by laying the foundation for this principle. First, let’s talk about two kinds of stress. There isDebilitating Stress, a feeling of being overwhelmed and out of control. This should be avoided, of course. An example of debilitating stress: a mother, driving her four children to a birthday party, was hit from the rear by a drunk driver. Thankfully, no one was killed, but two children sustained injuries, and were hospitalized. The car was completely totaled. On the very same day her spouse lost his job. Debilitating stress, with its accompanying traumatic emotions, will undoubtedly result. (That scenario is, of course, on the far end of the continuum).

The second type of stress is called Enabling Stress, and it’s a normal part of life. One example: a gentleman, wanting to provide well for his family and learn more about his profession, decides to take a certification class at night. Although he is stretched mentally and physically, he improves his skills and is later promoted as a direct result of his newly-acquired knowledge. Enabling stress is present when we’re motivated to study hard in school (to get good grades) and to excel at work (to get promoted). This kind of stress helps us develop our talents and contribute to the world in meaningful ways.

There’s a caveat here: if we allow it, enabling stress can become debilitating stress. Now, on to our discussion of positive crisis.

Positive Crisis is a part of healthy, enabling stress. It is defined as a compelling situation where time is critical and action is crucial. Positive Crisis propels you to action with an intense sense of urgency. It is a powerful technique that insures breakthrough achievement of your goals.

Intentionally introducing crisis into your life is positive and good when it gets you over the hurdles of inertia, doubt or laziness and serves as a catalyst for goal achievement!

The Positive Crisis “I ACT!” Success Formula

Identify the Unacceptable Behavior (behavior that is no longer acceptable to you; must change)
Action that Guarantees Success (an action with only one acceptable result: success)
Create a Compelling Consequence (consequence that makes failure abhorrent)
Time Frame (your action has a time limitation)


Examples applying the Positive Crisis I ACT! Success Formula:

Business person who procrastinates

• Identify unacceptable behavior: procrastination
• Action: called three clients to meet with him
• Consequence: told boss that he could join the meeting
• Time: scheduled the meeting at 10am on Friday morning

Disorganized woman

• Identify unacceptable behavior: disorganization
• Action: called and invited a friend to visit
• Consequence: told friend she’d see “the cleanest house in the city!”
• Time: invited the friend to come in two weeks

Soldier in the Air Force fearful of skydiving

• Identify unacceptable behavior: fear of jumping out of airplanes
• Action: joined a skydiving club (not required by the military)
• Consequence: he paid good money to join; he jumped on his own dime
• Time: a club requirement was two dives a week for three month

Singer with stage fright

• Identify unacceptable behavior: stage fright
• Action: scheduled herself to sing the national anthem for 1,000 people
• Consequence: invited family, friends and music agent to attend
• Time: she had three weeks to prepare

Woman afraid to host a social gathering

• Identify unacceptable behavior: fear of failure
• Action: invited 40 guests to her home
• Consequence: she mailed the invitations and told her friends
• Time: she invited guests to a Christmas party and dated the invitations

Overweight man

• Identify unacceptable behavior: being overweight
• Action: created an exercise and diet routine that included others
• Consequence: he gave his best friend $500. If he lost the weight he’d get his money back, and if he      didn’t, his friend could keep it.
• Time: he committed to lose 60 pounds in 10 months

Melinda, age 23, from New York, explained her positive crisis ’secret’ to significant weight loss: “Put yourself in a situation that forces you to change your habits, where you have to learn to work your life differently.”

Jacob, age 24, from North Carolina, shared how he intentionally created a positive crisis in his life:
When I was younger I was extremely shy. I didn’t interact much with anyone. I didn’t take kindly to new people or new situations. Most of the time my parents would have to speak for me – I couldn’t even order for myself at restaurants. I created a way to ease and release my shy tendencies. I joined a choir and learned to play the guitar so I would have to perform in front of many people. I learned that I could share so much of myself and my talents to help and bless others. My advice is to know that you are special and what you have is worth sharing, so find an outlet, something that you enjoy, and share it.

Perhaps you could take a moment now while you contemplate creating a positive crisis in your life. Do you have a behavior you’d like to change? What personal mannerism or conduct is no longer acceptable to you? After you’ve chosen one: develop an action plan; decide on a consequence; determine a time frame. Try it – you’ll be pleased to discover that sometimes relief is just a crisis away!

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

John F. Kennedy

~ Dr. Paula

 My Biggest Hurdle                                                      Preparation – Critical for Success 

Latest posts by Nudge Domain Admin (see all)

433 thoughts on “Positive Crisis

  1. Pingback: aralen and vision
  2. Pingback: olumiant tablet
  3. Pingback: olumiant pill size
  4. Pingback: molnopiravir
  5. Pingback: allergan lumigan
  6. Pingback: soft viagra
  7. Pingback: viagra price
  8. Pingback: how much is viagra
  9. Pingback: ivermectin ebay
  10. Pingback: ivermectin 10 ml
  11. Pingback: dapoxetine cream
  12. Pingback: medication for ed
  13. Pingback: help with ed
  14. Pingback: cytotmeds.com
  15. Pingback: buy cialis doctor
  16. Pingback: cialis 5mg tablet
  17. Pingback: prinivil 25mg
  18. Pingback: buy ativan in uk
  19. Pingback: soft tablet
  20. Pingback: ed treatments
  21. Pingback: ed meds
  22. Pingback: propecia purchase
  23. Pingback: paxil drug
  24. Pingback: metformin uses
  25. Pingback: synthroid effects
  26. Pingback: diflucan one dose
  27. Pingback: dapoxetine online
  28. Pingback: metoprolol uk
  29. Pingback: buy cialis now
  30. Pingback: comprar viagra
  31. Pingback: buy cialis
  32. Pingback: glipizide generic
  33. Pingback: cialis sale 20mg
  34. Pingback: zbhxhcmd
  35. Pingback: buy cialis now
  36. Pingback: tamsulosinmg cost
  37. Pingback: buy permethrin
  38. Pingback: fluconazole online
  39. Pingback: viagra aderal
  40. Pingback: divalproex coupon
  41. Pingback: clindamycin pills
  42. Pingback: cialis cheap
  43. Pingback: cheap cephalexin
  44. Pingback: donepezil pharmacy
  45. Pingback: meclizine pharmacy
  46. Pingback: sildenafil generic
  47. Pingback: zyvox uk
  48. Pingback: cheapest zyloprim
  49. Pingback: zocor 20mg coupon
  50. Pingback: go to this website
  51. Pingback: cheap zestril
  52. Pingback: valtrex tablets
  53. Pingback: tricor online
  54. Pingback: thorazine price
  55. Pingback: tenormin purchase
  56. Pingback: singulair tablet
  57. Pingback: rogaine 5% otc
  58. Pingback: robaxin tablets
  59. Pingback: revatio 20mg cheap
  60. Pingback: prilosec cheap
  61. Pingback: cheapest prevacid
  62. Pingback: plaquenil pharmacy
  63. Pingback: viagra
  64. Pingback: phenergan for sale
  65. Pingback: nortriptyline otc
  66. Pingback: order motrin
  67. Pingback: cheapest mobic
  68. Pingback: micardis pharmacy
  69. Pingback: mestinon 60mg otc
  70. Pingback: meclizine tablet
  71. Pingback: lopressor purchase
  72. Pingback: lopid 300 mg cheap
  73. Pingback: levaquin australia
  74. Pingback: indocin tablets
  75. Pingback: imuran 50mg cost
  76. Pingback: how to take viagra
  77. Pingback: buy imodium 2mg
  78. Pingback: cialis prices
  79. Pingback: geodon cheap
  80. Pingback: flomax 0,2 mg nz
  81. Pingback: elavil cost
  82. Pingback: cost of dramamine
  83. Pingback: ddavp 0.1mg tablet
  84. Pingback: good thesis
  85. Pingback: buy viagra cheap
  86. Pingback: cheap custom essay
  87. Pingback: cymbalta cost
  88. Pingback: nursing essay help
  89. Pingback: cheap cozaar
  90. Pingback: coumadin purchase
  91. Pingback: order clozaril
  92. Pingback: clomid pills
  93. Pingback: buy cleocin 150mg
  94. Pingback: buy college essay
  95. Pingback: french homework
  96. Pingback: buy an essay
  97. Pingback: essay writings
  98. Pingback: buy levitra in usa
  99. Pingback: writer essay
  100. Pingback: cbd oil for pain
  101. Pingback: buy cialis
  102. Pingback: top car insurance
  103. Pingback: tadalafil cialis
  104. Pingback: aig car insurance
  105. Pingback: car insurance usaa
  106. Pingback: best casino online
  107. Pingback: red dog casino
  108. Pingback: casino game
  109. Pingback: online gambling
  110. Pingback: slots online
  111. Pingback: claritin tablet
  112. Pingback: cephalexin usa
  113. Pingback: cost of ceclor
  114. Pingback: levitra 20 mg uk
  115. Pingback: cialis 20 mg
  116. Pingback: buy cheap viagra
  117. Pingback: buy cialis online
  118. Pingback: buy cialis

Comments are closed.