One of the greatest frustrations in life is stagnation and worry over messages and events that you cannot figure out. You pour minutes and hours of frustrated thought into a problem and end up even angrier or more worried than before. What is the solution? More time and effort? Stepping back? Asking someone else to help solve the problem?
All of these answers are correct! But it starts with a simple concept of the recircle. Here’s is how this awesome opportunity works.
A recircle consists or more than just stepping back. It involves new information, time, calming, and support to solve a previously difficult problem. Greg Kersten shared a quaint but powerful story on why recircling works during his Nashville Green O. K. Corral Series event. In the short tale, he talks about hanging an apparatus and dropping a small metallic screw into the gravel below. Searching for minutes produced no effect. He walked inside in a huff and asked his wife to help him find it before he became irate. As she was finishing a chore, he went back outside to await her help. Greg explained that while walking back in a calmer state he looked down and saw a gleam of light that was indeed his previously lost screw.
The story is simple but it has a profound impact. Recircling can be taken as literal or figurative and still have massive potential. Whether you genuinely walk around and physically return to the area or relax your mind and find a new answer, you have performed the recircle. At any time we face problems that range from irritating to devastating. The impact, while relevant, can always be helped by a recircle.
What is involved in a recircle?
A recircle starts by admitting you are finding a brick wall and temporarily distancing yourself from the problem. During the recircle, you take stock of the problem and break it down into its parts. Once you have a calmer view of the playing field, you can start to assemble your team. The team are the people, tools, or ideas you require to attempt to tackle the problem for a second time. Tools might include calming techniques, physical implements, or self-inventory. These tools can help you launch new ideas on how to tackle what you are facing. But no part of the recircle is as impressive as garnering your support team or “herd.”
Horses utilize herd mentality which differs from a pack. Packs have distinct and accepted hierarchies of authority. One wolf at the top with other wolves at different tiers below. A herd is interested in the safety and needs of the team. A herd wants what the herd wants. At some moments, the herd needs to help the majority. At some points, the herd combines to help the individual. In short, the herd flows in a natural motion to work with the rest. Ask yourself who is in your herd and who you need to solve the current problem. Some people you can add to your herd are as follows.
- Family – Family is sometimes your greatest allies because they are your first herd. They have inside knowledge on you and your experiences, reactions, and needs
- Friends – Friends can also be part of the herd as they sometimes see a different side than what you share with family
- Support groups – Whether it is online or in person, a support group can be any section of people with a common goal such as Alcoholics Anonymous or The International Bipolar Foundation. They can be formal or informal and can be a great
- Professional and medical support – Sometimes a problem is too great to tackle on your own or with family. If that happens, you can add professional and medical support to your herd in the way of doctors, therapists, and other professional assistance
Regardless of who you choose to add to your network, do not feel like you have to do this alone. People of all types are waiting and eager to help.
At Healthy Strides, we use the recircle to achieve many powerful and lasting goals. We help clients recircle in a variety of ways.
- PTSD – Healthy Strides assists clients in forming and adapting to rewire and rewrite their symptoms into strengths
- Depression and anxiety – Let our four legged superstars work teach you to recircle and face pain with confidence and renewed vigor
- Families – Our team can help families and couples problem solve on a basic and cooperative level
- Teams – Whether corporate or otherwise, Healthy Strides assists teams of all shapes to communicate in fluid and appropriate ways
If you feel like the time is now, reach out to us and allow us to become part of your herd!
Healthy Strides – One Stride at a Time