kindness + purpose = resilience

Self Reflection Notes from Author Wendy Campbell

On Aspiring: Journey Beyond Courage

I hope that you enjoyed reading this book. I wrote it to help people like you overcome challenges and find yourself, by sharing how I overcame some of the big challenges in my life and found myself.

Here are a few questions and notes help you face the challenges in your life with courage and resilience.

1. What is your current challenge?
My challenges that I share in this book were partly health-related and partly related to my lack of confidence in myself and my ability to deal with life without help. Working to overcome both at the same time was an added challenge.

2. How do you feel about dealing with your challenge?
You will read or have read that I took a long time to work out what my challenges were, before I could face up to them. However once I worked them out, then I could take one step at a time to deal with them. Even then, there was always fear lurking in the background that I would fail until I truly believed that I could get through.

3. What are your strengths? How can you best use them to overcome your current challenge?
It took me years to answer this question. But when I did, I understood that I had plenty of strengths to use towards overcoming my challenge.

4. Where are other people in your life strong where you are not? Do you have people in your life who help you in these areas?
I write about many people who helped me appreciate my strengths and supported me where I was not strong. Having the humility to accept their help was a lesson that I took a long time to learn.

5. How do you respond to barriers to your way forward? Do you see them as threats to your weaknesses, or opportunities to use your strengths, or perhaps opportunities to find new strengths?
Looking back, I now believe that none of us are given challenges that we can’t deal with; there will always be a way. It is this belief that got me through, in the end.

6. After you have successfully overcome a challenge, how do you congratulate yourself?
As I moved through the challenges in this book, I learned to listen to the voice in my head that was proud of what I had overcome and how I had grown with the experience. Even if no one else knows what wonders you have achieved, you do. Celebrate – you are awesome!

7. Having achieved this, are you now more aware of the world around you?
Looking back I am amazed at the smallness of the world that I related to at the start of the book. At the end, I felt like a citizen of the universe.

8. How will you approach your next challenge, knowing what you now know about your ability to step up and get through?
I am looking forward to my next challenge. I know it will test me in ways that I haven’t been tested before, but I also know that I will find a way through.


If you would like to ask me any questions, or share your answers with me, please click here to email me. I would love to hear from you.

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Here are some quotations for you that helped me get through the journey in this book. I hope they help you too:

Everything is as it should be
…….Trenton Lee Stewart

Be the change that you wish to see in the world
…….Mahatma Gandhi

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others
…….Marianne Williamson


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