Posted: April 10, 2020 in: Pain-2-Power, Personal Empowerment

The American Comeback from Coronavirus Can Be Yours, Too

Inevitably, despite being largely shut down for several weeks, the great engine which is the American economy will power up, again.  What has been held back, in terms of economic activity, will be restored.  I think of the metaphor of a “pull back” toy truck—the kind that gets its power when dragged backwards, then released.

Why is this inevitable?  Because the foundation of free enterprise taps into basic truths of human psychology—the desire for autonomy, the need to create, the need to be social and the drive to succeed.  America is built on forces that don’t just evaporate in 30 or 60 or 90 days.  The nation—as brilliantly conceived by the Founding Fathers—has no expiration date.

You’re built on those forces, too.  That’s why America’s comeback from Coronavirus can remind you to jumpstart your own comeback.  And I don’t mean just recovering from losses due to the pandemic (although those losses are real and healing is so needed).  I mean a reawakening of the energy, passion and potential stored inside you.  Because many of us are like that “pull back” toy truck.  Recent events and past events (sometimes even very early in our lives) have backed us up and kept us from rocketing forward.  But the laws of human psychology and the laws of physics have something in common: Energy doesn’t just disappear.  It’s still inside you, waiting to be expressed.

So, why not anticipate using the release of America’s pent-up vitality to set the stage for releasing your own?

I am not making light here about the very real necessity to heal from the pandemic itself.  Tragically, for many people this means grieving the loss of loved ones or working to recover from having had the virus, themselves.  May they be restored.

For those fortunate enough to be able to do so, what might burning stored-up fuel entail?  Certainly, it means getting to the bottom of what “pulled you back,” to begin with.  It requires identifying dreams that were deferred—perhaps for decades, not just a few months—due to fear or because of unwarranted negative feedback from others.  It requires a plan to channel your stored-up energies and intentions toward truly treasured goals.  And it requires confronting any anxiety about accelerating.

America hasn’t stopped being America.  And your internal, most powerful self never stopped quietly striving to be everything it could be, either.  Maybe now is the time.

Dr. Keith Ablow


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