Named for Admiral James Stockdale who spent 8 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, the Stockdale Paradox is: Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties and at the same time Confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be. Both contradictory and powerful, the Paradox can work for you, if you are able to understand its wisdom.
Sometimes, your life takes a turn you never thought it would. You lose your job, and with it, everything you have so hard worked to acquire. Someone you love has PTSD. Your health crashes or a loved one is diagnosed with a dreadful illness. Disaster strikes and everything changes.
If you are watching your life as you know it slip away, this book is for you.
Admiral Stockdale spend 8 years as a POW. What he learned can you through your own challenge.
No, this book will not fix your problems. Only you can do that. Maybe your problems can’t be fixed, but you still have choices to make and people who need your care. You have a responsibility to your own integrity. You may lose everything else, but you do not have to lose your self-respect.
Sometimes, it takes courage to get up every morning and do what has to be done without giving in to despair, depression, and hopelessness.
This book offers concrete advice to help you get through this. It includes examples of people who have gone through similar challenges and triumphed. There are quotes from famous and not-so-famous people to inspire you. Here are one-liners you can keep in mind as you push on through one more day.
If your will to fight is failing and your fears are in control, you need help. You will need to reach out to others, but first, you have to reach inside yourself. I am not brave, but I have found a way to do the things that terrify me, even when it seems hopeless. In this book I share what works for me, as well as inspiration from others who have endured through their own tragedies. Join us, be brave. You will be glad you did.
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Published January 11, 2014