Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Psychology

Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

When all of your plans seem to be falling apart, you are not lost. It may seem like you are in hell, but you can’t be. Your plans have sent you soaring toward your dreams. You are off the ground where the currents become rougher. In the worst case scenario, you’ve been knocked completely off your path and are spiralling downward. Not only can you stop it, but everything you’ve done so far is available to break your fall.


It’s a natural part of human life that we must always be growing psychologically. This movement toward making something more of our lives is a positive one. Our happiness increases as we feel we are succeeding in our pursuits. As long as we focus on the positive and feel that our growth is moving forward, we are psychologically healthy.


Problems will come up because growing as a person is not easy. Growth can be painful. When you follow your dreams, you accelerate your growth and the risk of a breakdown is greater.

When you view your progress analytically you can fall into a negative mindset. You analyze your progress and see all the things that can go wrong with your plans. You see how you do not know enough to see your plans all the way through yet. You see how others could block your plans. Many kinds of roadblocks appear; financial, social, intellectual. Going into a negative analytical state can cause psychological problems.

If you accept those psychological problems as a disease, it can take you further off track. It is necessary to see that you need to be helped to get back on track. Don’t eliminate the problem by eliminating your goals.


Negativity is accompanied by analysis while positivity is accompanied by imagery. When your plans are falling apart and you spiral into a negative state, it’s tempting to analyze everything to work out how to get back on track. Analyses can go on forever. The bigger your dreams, the more analyses can be done. The tasks between you and your goals can turn into a mountain.

You don’t need to see the entire mountain clearly to make it to the top. You only need to see the next step up. Limit your analysis to the next step you must take to move closer to your goals. Then, let your spirit take over.

Begin by remembering the successes you’ve had so far. Make a bullet list if you need to. Think about your successes until you get in a good mood. Now think about future achievements. Don’t analyze how they will happen. Instead, daydream about reaching the milestones on your journey.

When you are back to having a positive outlook on your future, decide what the next step is and go for it.

Article text copyright 2011 David Arthur Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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