How I Deal With Depression
written by Joshua Coffman
My opinion in life is to get through whatever hangups you have as quick as possible. So if you are going to live a life where you buy expensive stuff and travel to random places for the “experience,” do it until you get it all out of your system. If you’re going to fuck chicks and do coke, get to the bottom of yourself as fast as possible. Don’t repress it, objectively choose to get it out of your system.
Live dangerously until you can live abundantly. If you’re doing drugs, you need to get to the place where you personally choose to get help. If you’re going to waste money, you need to get to the place where you recognize the importance of money in you life. Live it up, get to the bottom, and then use the bottom to bounce back.
The same can go with depression. I know of a lot of people that are still living depressed from situations that happened almost 5 years ago. When I worked in the bus ministry, I met one man that was still dealing with depression from something that happened almost 20 years ago. He was trying to cope. Instead of embracing the situation that happened to him, he was still attempting to live as a victim.
Only by the grace of God will I live like David, I will mourn and call on God for help until their is no longer an open door for me to enter into His presence for a particular situation, then I'll immediately get back up and start serving Him again.
Sometimes I’ll have moments where I get a victim mentality due to recent situations, but then I realize that I was the one that choose to live my life my way. I made circumstances happen, I was the one that knocked. It helps with depression in the same way that I embrace my past as an important part of who I am.
That’s how I deal with depression. I immediately confront it as my responsibility. It can be incredibly confusing to wade through a series of events that quickly unfolded and try to decide who was responsible for what, and that’s what begins to weigh down on you, the confusion. But when you take full responsibility, not just for your past decisions, but also for you future life, you become unstoppable.
Let other people make their own decisions. You are responsible for the things in your life that you can control, the most important of which is the very next action that you take.
And sometimes the very next action you should take is the “wrong” action for most people. You know your tolerance, you know your circumstances, you know your mental fortitude, you know everything about you, so make decisions based on what you need to do. This is where you need to be honest with one person: yourself.
Maybe you’ve made a mess of your life, maybe everything you’ve done was a lie. Maybe you’ve lied to everyone in your life. I think it’s time to be honest with yourself. Take action on your dreams.
Take action on getting your dream job.
Take action on getting in phenomenal physical shape.
Take action on eating healthy.
Take action on learning a new language.
Take action on meeting 10X people.
Today is the day where you become honest with the only person that matters. You don’t owe it to anyone but yourself. This is how I deal with depression. An honest assessment of where I am as a person.
Do I always make smart decisions? Of course not! But I don’t make these decisions for other people. I don’t make these decisions for my parents, or my pastor, or my friends. I make these decisions for myself. I am the cause of all my troubles.
If you’re dealing with depression, I recommend you start taking massive action. You are a victim. That’s the point. Don’t stay in a victim position, become massively successful and start leaving the people that hurt you behind. Don’t get even, get successful.
Be great, I love you all.
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