How To Move Ahead When “Everything Sucks”

Not a Bad LifeCaution: The following video contains words some readers may find objectionable or inappropriate for young listeners. 

The following video is well scripted, produced, spliced, edited, and presented. Although the speaker never mentions brain injury during the video, she discusses subjects that are very important to our community such as decision making, risk taking, attitude, and action.

In her video, Marie Forleo reminds us that “not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to success.” I don’t think the connection between decision making and attitude can be said more clearly. If you have a positive attitude, you will find solutions. If you have a negative attitude, you will not see any good options. Forleo also reminds us that maintaining a positive attitude is a choice and if you make enough positive choices then good decision making becomes a habit.


Have you faced a situation in which none of you options were ideal? What did you do to move ahead? What were the benefits of your decision? What could you share with other readers to help them avoid situations in which there is no best option? What could you share with other readers to help them escape the decision-making blues and move ahead?

Thanks to Marie Forleo for addressing the topics covered in her video, and thanks to all of the people who either directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the picture and video I used in this post.


  1. had a brain bleed in 2005.i hold two college degrees and was a social worker before my company legally fired me while I was comatose. i make less than a third of what I use to make but I am so happy!!!!

    1. Laura, I think you are more fortunate than many brain injury survivors because your experience as a social worker probably helped you realize that your adversity would eventually be replaced by other challenges and new opportunities. As I quickly learned after my brain injury, money is not the only key to happiness. Thank you for taking the time to share your comment.

    1. Angela, it would be an ideal world if everone found good in a bad situation. I often think of cancer and brain injury as a gift because they both gave me time to reflect upon what I wanted to do. I, too, try to find the good in a bad situation. Bad things are simply disguised learning opportunities. Thank you for sharing your comment.

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