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Have you ever hit bottom?

It is, to say the least, an interesting experience.

On the one hand, it can feel like you’ve fallen into a deep pit.

On the other hand, there are many who have found that “hitting the bottom” was an important experience in their life.

For Augustine, Abraham Lincoln, Dostoevsky and others, hitting bottom was a moment in which they made an important change or discovered a new goal or motivation.

As someone said: when you hit bottom, you may be getting to the bottom of things.

Well, we’re not advocating that any of us should go seeking such an experience. But it might be a good idea to at least arm ourselves with a little insight—just in case.

So if you ever do hit bottom…you might think of that pit you’ve fallen into as your own personal foxhole. You haven’t left the field of battle—you’re just pausing for a while to nurse your wounds, renew your strength and rekindle your courage.

And while you’re there, write these words from General George S. Patton on the wall of your foxhole:

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

Then tell yourself…

It may take some time and perseverance, but I can bounce back from anything.

 And when I come back and join the battle with a new bounce in my step, others will be amazed…and I might even amaze myself.