Today’s post is going to deal with the subject of self-sufficiency. In order to be your best self, you need to know that you are someone that you yourself can depend on when things go wrong. Feeling capable in various situations will reduce your stress and boost your confidence. On this journey of self-improvement, you have learned mental tools to help you become a better person. So why not make yourself an actual toolbox to help you with those unexpected moments when things go wrong? You can learn how to make minor repairs to your home, car, and various other items you use on a day-to-day basis.
Start with the basics. You’ll need a hammer, some screwdrivers, a wrench and some pliers. Learn what each tool does and get comfortable with them. The next time your chair leg wobbles or the little screw pops out of the side of your glasses, you will be prepared and capable of making the necessary adjustments. Over time, you can add more tools as your confidence and self-reliance builds. Read the manuals for things like your car or major appliances and decide what things you think you can handle and what necessitates calling a professional. Give yourself credit. Believe that you are capable of things you never were before, and know that you have limits. It’s OK to admit to yourself that you’re too afraid of heights to clean your gutters. Be sure that you hire someone to take care of that task and then you won’t feel the guilt or stress every time it rains.
What if you are the type of person who gets anxious when driving on isolated roads? Instead of letting that fear rule you, think about what it is that bothers you about it. Is it driving to an unknown place that upsets you? Go online to a service like google maps before you head out the door so that you can see virtually the path you’ll be taking, along with any landmarks and signs you might encounter along the way. Are you afraid you might get into an accident? Maybe be sure you have a charged cell phone, a flashlight, and an emergency seatbelt cutter/window breaker tool in the car with you for just that scenario. Does it worry you that you might go somewhere and your car won’t start? Maybe join an auto club so that you will always have roadside assistance. Does getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere keep you from going places? You can invest in an air compressor or a patch kit that you can travel with. Inflating a tire with an air compressor is remarkably easy and you will feel good about yourself knowing that you were able to do it on your own.
Taking the time to learn how to make minor adjustments and have tools on-hand to avoid stressful or costly issues will help you feel more self-sufficient and more in control of your life. If you stop to look at the root cause of some of your concerns that are preventing you from becoming self-sufficient, you will be able to find workarounds that will fit your life and help you become a better you. Try it for 30 days and see how wonderful it is to be able to rely on yourself by the end of the month.