Welcome to the Ultimate Life Survival Guide

by Heather Thatcher

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Let me know if this sounds familiar:

You hit the ground running and are busy from the moment you open your eyes to the moment that your head hits the pillow at the end of the day.

There is just so much to do, but never enough time.

You’re just trying to keep up, keep your head above water in this huge sea of responsibilities and expectations that you and others have put on you. 

You’re stressed out, burnt out, and find yourself saying, “Surely, there must be more to life than this constant struggle!”

It’s almost like you’ve lost yourself in everything you’ve got going on. You’re just trying to fall in line and do what everyone and society expects of you.

But you’re tired of being who everyone else wants you to be.

You’re tired of there never being enough time to do what you want to do.

You’re tired of just scraping by and barely having enough money for bills, and can’t remember the last time you didn’t have to worry about money.

You want to want to take better care of yourself, but you’re too exhausted even to consider where to start.

It’s like every time you get a little ‘win’ in your life, something comes along to beat you down lower than before.

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I get it.

I’ve been where you are.

Ten years ago I was working two jobs as a Registered Nurse, and I was volunteering, I was part of a charity rock band, I was going to the gym five days a week, I was showing up to support my friends and be there for my family. 

I had created a lifestyle around what society and my upbringing said I “should” be doing. On the outside, it looked like I was living the dream!

But on the inside, I was exhausted. Absolutely exhausted.

I felt stressed, unhappy, unfulfilled, lonely, insecure, and I was at the mercy of my inner critic, 

I would set goals and try my best to achieve them, but willpower just wasn’t enough, and I’d fall back on my old habits feeling defeated and like something was wrong with me.

Life was happening to me, and it was all I could do to keep up.

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I remember the moment when it hit me that this can’t be it! This can’t be the dream life that everyone wants! This is horrible, and this is NOT what I want for the rest of my life.

That’s when I started my personal growth journey and discovered that I was going about things all wrong.

I was trying to change my habits while living in default survival mode.

When you’re in default survival mode, which is where most of us are as we’re living our day-to-day lives, our inner critic is the one driving the bus and making the decisions.

Our inner critic and our body don’t like change.

They want us to stay the same, to keep living the same patterns and following the same habits day, after day, after day. We become accustomed to the chemical balance and hormones that circulate in response to how we’re living right now.

When you try to change something, like start to exercise more, eat better, meditate, start a gratitude journal, or whatever it is – it becomes chaos inside your body.

Your inner critic is alerted that something is changing and presses the “Danger Button” inside your brain. 

Your body springs into action and starts ramping up your stress response and doing everything it can to help you go back to the way things were. Your body is now working against your desire to create these new, healthy, fulfilling habits.

When you’re in default survival mode, your Inner Critic is focused entirely on returning your habits and the chemical balance within your body back to the way things were. Because the way things were worked well enough for your survival. It’s safe, and it’s known.

Yes, logically you know that these new desired habits will help you in the long run.

But as long as you are in default survival mode, with your Inner Critic making the decisions, your body and mind will resist and make it harder for you every single step of the way.

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Yes, you deserve more from life than what you’re experiencing right now.

Yes, you deserve to be happier and healthier.

Yes, you deserve to live a better life, with lower stress, and confidently go after anything that you want.

To do this, all you have to do is take back control from your Inner Critic and step into your role as the CEO of your own life.

That is precisely what the Ultimate Life Survival Guide is all about.

Using the Ultimate Life Survival Guide as a roadmap, you can completely transform your life to go from surviving to thriving.

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To make this as streamlined and as straightforward as possible, I’ve broken the Ultimate Life Survival Guide into four main pillars.:

  1. Simplify your life by streamlining as much as possible so that you have all the time you need for what matters most to you.
  2. Heal your relationship with your Inner Critic and reprogram your negative self-talk
  3. Prioritize yourself, your health and your stress management
  4. Take control of your life, get out of default survival mode and start living with conscious intention where you can confidently go after anything that you want and achieve your goals

Over the next few posts, I’m going to break down what each of these pillars means, and how to start applying the Ultimate Life Survival Guide to your life right the heck now.

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You deserve a better life, a happier life, a more fulfilled life, and a less stressful life.

I believe that life is full of beautiful possibilities, and it’s my mission to help you move past stress, past negative self-talk, change your perspective, and regain control of your life so that you finally be able to reach your true potential!

If you’re ready to transform your life, click here to go to the next part of this series and start applying the Ultimate Life Survival Guide today.

See you there!

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