Fighting Invisible Fires
Every single day, we are subject to temptations, addictions and guilty of procrastination. Collectively, I refer to these threesome as “invisible fires,” because they burn slowly and silently. You seldom realize their impact until you have failed an exam, missed a key goal in life or be rejected from a position.
How far we go in life, depends on how well we fight these smoldering invisible fires of human life. They are both invisible and inescapable. I have been uncovering some insightful research from applied psychology about resiliency and will power. I am delighted to share with you how am making sense of this research.
Let’s start with what I call 5 Ways to Fight Invisible Fires.
# 1 Reach Beyond the Visible
If you have a worthy goal to reach in life, be ready to fight invisible fires. It takes foresight and looking beyond any physical obstacles that stand in the way. To do this, you must cast your sights beyond the flames. You cannot get distracted by the smoke, otherwise you will not reach your most desirable goal.
# 2 Regular Reconnaissance
Long before a fire starts, there are usually some indicators of a potential fire. These indicators are either hazards of telltale signs of what can happen. Regular reconnaissance enables you to think through your strategies and where to place your “sprinklers” and “smoke detectors” to alert or notify you.
# 3 Resource Primer
Every fire is different. Firefighters are trained to use different types of tools. They must select the right tool from hundreds. That means your team members must equally be very good at identifying and delivering the tools to the frontline. Do you have good rapport with the partner who will deliver the tool?
# 4 Routine Preparation
In order to be fit and ready for duty, firefighters have to train routinely and frequently. They undergo several types of strength, confidence building and tactical training. Do you have develop a routine that keeps you mentally and physically ready? This is pivotal in facing invisible fires during the 11th hour.
# 5 Role Mentors Role mentors provide advice and guidance on how to execute basic routines. An ideal role mentor has been there, done it and is capable of advising you based on past experience. They offer useful ideas that can reduce your learning curve especially in facing an invisible enemy.
?In conclusion, whatever your goals, remember that fighting invisible fires is a 24/7 job. Your will power, will be tested. Along the way, you will falter and fail. As you find your path, keep looking beyond the visible, conduct regular reconnaissance, get a resource primer, develop a routines, and seek a role mentor ‘s advice.