Join The Ranks! Enlist To Battle The Giants

There are giants in all of our lives, who are out to get us and stop us from succeeding!   I am seeking others to join the ranks and go into battle with me against our giants!

Recently I read about going into battle against these giants, and was inspired to form an army.

Giants belittle us, intimidate us, they make us feel weak, unworthy, and insecure. If only we could find strength to stand up to these giants, we could slowly but surely, beat them.  One by one, these giants are less threatening.  One by one, they can be brought down, and beaten.

Using my favourite ‘tool’ I have come up with a strategy for battle!

First I made a Road Map for this battle.  A very important strategic move to enable a viable combat mission.  The first leg of the journey is fairly obvious; Identify the Giants.  We need to know what we are up against in order to suit up accordingly!  By identifying them, we can ascertain which  are reliant upon others, thereby enabling cunning tactics for disabling the enemy…  Beating one, can cripple another, making the battle that much easier.

a way to win the war against my giants

The Passion Planner taught me to make a road map like the one above.  How to get to where you want to go, broken into do-able steps.

Step 1 I decided, was to ‘Identify My Giants‘.

Step 2 is to Want It More.  This is a common step in my roadmaps.  Because of it’s common nature – I have learned how to negate this step, by making, and not straying too far from my road map  and it is becoming easier!  This Giant is being crippled more and more on each journey I make!

Step 3 is to Schedule.  If it is written down and given a timeframe, it can be ‘done and dusted’ easily.  No time to be overwhelmed, look at how easy it is!  Nike!  Just Do It!!

Step 4 is to Find Follow Up Buddies, F.U. Buddies.  These are citizens of like-mind, to converse with from time to time.  These F.U. Buddies are to help me to be accountable along my journey.  For me – their main task is to help keep me on track.  Sticking to the ‘job-at-hand‘ is a challenge at the best of times!

That reminds me of the hardest part of sticking to the ‘job-at-hand’!  Did you notice that the first of my Giants to be identified was the Distractibility Giant?

Too True!  I Need A Shirt Like This!

So the next step for me to complete, is to enlist others to join me in the battle against the giants.  I hereby invite YOU to Join The Ranks!!  Make contact!!  The more Follow Up (F.U.) Buddies  involved in the battle – the better!

By commenting regarding this post you too can be suited up for battle.  Together we can complete our road maps and set out on a campaign.  We can strive for victory against our giants, and share in the triumph.   Then we can go on, and set another road map for the next journey!

Sleep Trick

An excerpt from my And Yet Here Go I book/Journal about the sleep trick I was taught by my Neuro Rehab Agent I turned into a post on here to use the link to share the info on a Facebook post with another TBI Survivor…

From the Distractions, Focus, Attention Span section….

Another helpful thing about earplugs, is that it helps to focus the mind ‘inwards’. My Super Neuro Rehab Agent, Joanne, taught me a technique to help with the ‘wandering mind’…

When I am tired ANYTHING can grasp my attention and absorb my thinking, making sleep near impossible! …The number of world problems I have solved while SUPPOSED to be going to sleep!

Joanne advised me that in order to bring my focus right in close and narrow, I need to think ‘One.’ every time I breathe out.

Well, I would end up thinking something like this… “Serious world issue that is current… One. Such as terrorism and the Islamic Group… One. What needs to happen is this… One. A major UN Nation needs to… One. …and so on and so forth…

So I altered the required thinking pattern to be “One.” on every inward breath, and “Two.” on each outwards breath. Then when my mind wanders – it is easy to get back in sync. In equals “One.” and out equals “Two.” Notice I used a capital letter and full stop… That indicates the whole ‘sentence-ness’ of the One. and Two. There is no more to the thought.

I also tried (very early on in my use of this technique) just counting continuously, but that was a stupid thing to do because I got so distracted with seeing how much I could get up to number-wise and remembering the past highest total I ever got to – the idea of sleep went right out of the window!

In seeking a distraction from the boredom of One. and Two. I have attempted to make it Two. and then One. It doesn’t work for me mentally for some reason.

At first I had trouble with this technique the more tired I was. Joanne advised that a natural aspect of the body and mind going to sleep, is that the breathing slows down noticeably. So in order to slow the heart and breathing, one needs to take deep breaths. I think this is to fully oxygenate the blood meaning the heart is able to slow down as the body is receiving more oxygen than it does with shallow breaths. She said to breathe in, thinking One. and then pause at the end point of the inwards breath before beginning the Two. outwards breath, and then pause again at the point of being all ‘out of air’ before beginning the One. inward breath again, making sure to take as deep breaths as possible.

This is HARD to do!!!!! I can’t believe the mental attention required to perform this simple-sounding task! This works EVERY time! In a super-uber tired time when my mind just HAD to think about something, I began thinking about the feeling of going to sleep… One can feel one’s mind shutting down. It is a slight slowing of everything, and a wave type feeling washing through your head. And I reckon 6 of those feelings – and I’m asleep. Sometimes when I am well over tired, I count each of those feelings, and stay “One-ing.” and it is fail-safe!

But I need to be disciplined enough to actually use the knowledge I have acquired and not be belligerent and ignore the tiredness and let my gates flap away, thinking about anything and everything.

The benefit of wearing earplugs is that you can almost hear the blood flowing past your ears! The mind’s focus is so much easier to ‘rein in’ to one’s self. My own little world becomes as narrow as can be! There is no room for any outside thoughts!

Breathe in, pause, breathe out, pause… chuck a One. and Two. in there to save thinking too much, and my mind is overloaded with a whole lot of NOTHING!

Super Neuro Rehab Agent Joanne advised me of a method to ‘rest’ my brain before it gets so incredibly over-stimulated. As a part of a rehab program I did with her, she had me sit or lie down for 10 minutes each hour with a timer set for 10 minutes, close my eyes, and think “One.” on every outwards breath, same as going to sleep. I “One.” and “Two.” as I find it works better for me, and before you know it, the buzzer goes off and one can go back to work refreshed. Of course, it is hard to force self to stop doing something and just “One.” for 10 minutes!

It doesn’t fit in with anyone’s day at all!!! When I have a job to do – I prefer to just get it done! Although stopping and “One.”-ing recuperates the brain so that instead of being ready to stop after 3 hours, one can go on for 4 or 5 hours… And then at the job’s completion take a really super-long nap in the afternoon, thus upsetting the rest of my day negating achieving anything before time to start the evening chores…

I can feel when my brain is over stimulated, and therefore it is helpful to know how to give it a break.
Not that it is easy to admit to needing to rest like a toddler and sit down
mid-task to rest the brain! And the rest of society couldn’t possibly understand, I don’t reckon…

The Most Significant Side Effect of My TBI


Years after the incident which changed my life, the most significant side effect I battle with is distractibility.

What is Distractibility?

Distractibility to me is the ease at which one’s attention is torn from the task at hand.

Recognising this has been a life-changer.  The issue now becomes to simply overcome this, and get on with getting on.

This is easier said than done!  Recently I came across advice to ‘Battle the Giants in life’.  Rush your giant 1  Then the following days, Rush your giant2 and Rush your giant 3

I learned a valuable lesson not so long ago.  This was about ‘how to go about achieving success when the finish line is seemingly out of reach’.  Passion Planner pgs 4 n 5  I made a ‘Road Map’.

So the Road Map is made, and the first most obvious pit stop, is to Identify My Giants.

Requirement;  To overcome the giant in the room who is a procrastinating distraction.  He is trying to stop me every moment of every day from progression on my journey of life.

The task of breaking down that Big Ugly Giant into smaller pieces came next.  A list of more defined, but individual hurdles ensued.  These are each far more easily confronted 1-0-1.  Many of which can be intertwined and are closely related.  Meaning that by overcoming one, the next almost becomes obsolete.  The weapons required in the Rush your giant2 article,  are referred to as ‘stones’.  One of the ‘stones’ to use against your giant is The Stone of Past Successes.  You have learned before what sort of stone is needed for successes.

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Re-enthused to Do It!

Doin’ It, fit healthy and happy

Last photo before the incident which upset the enthused apple cart.  In turn this got me off track, and not doin’ it anymore.

This is motivation to get back on track.  To pull finger and make an effort to get back to an oh-so-happy place.

It’s Happening

The running as recommenced.  The endorphins are increasing again.  The dog is expecting an outing each day.  The addiction to the good feelings of being enthused to ‘do it’ is resurfacing.  The weather is becoming more friendly too!

The activity levels are increasing.  ‘The List’ is getting checked off, jobs are being completed.

Being on here, making a post is sign enough that motivation is improving, and desire to step out of the comfort zone is emerging.

It is early in the summer, so here’s hoping memory of how it feels to be ‘Doin’ It’ is sufficient to make it easier than before.

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