Be Careful What You Ask For…

National Medical Association Past President Lucille Perez learned that the real battle often comes after you've won

a party and don’t want it to end. When it does — and it inevitably does — we’re often thrown, left thinking, “This is not how it was supposed to be.”

The truth about victory is that it is usually accompanied by some sort of transition, and challenge lies at the heart of every transition. Here are some tips from Dallas-based management and human relations consultant Hattie Hill, author of Smart Women, Smart Choices: Set Limits and Gain Control of Your Professional and Personal Life (Hattie Hill Enterprises, $14), on how to triumph over your post-victory challenges.

  • Accept what is. Expectations are fine, but clinging to them in the face of a very different reality is counterproductive.
  • Live in the moment. Whatever comes, focus on that, not on what’s next or what came before. This will help get you through the tough times and give you a greater appreciation for the beautiful breaks in between.
  • Trust. This means believing that all will be well in the end.
  • Heed and concede to a higher power. Don’t ever be fooled into thinking it’s all about your power.
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