We've all experienced crises in our lives. But crisis doesn't have to mean failure, loss and powerlessness. According to inspirational speaker and bestselling author Tony Robbins, it is precisely these moments of crisis that propel us to lead richer, fuller lives.
Now we are asking YOU to share your personal story through text or video.
This week we're focusing on economic hardship -- Have you experienced a financial challenge or crisis that transformed your life?
(Scroll down or click "Read or Add Comments" below to watch Tony Robbins explain how to add your voice!)
Tony Robbins designed five questions that are very simple, but very useful and for some of you extremely powerful. He hopes answering them will trigger you to remember the path you took to solve your own crisis, and will also allow you to share it with this community.
Post your answers in either written form with a photo, or in a short (1-3 minute) video.
Answer these five questions (write your answer in the caption field):
1) What was your life right before the challenge or crisis hit?
2. What was the crisis you faced? What happened, and when it did, what did you feel and experience?
3. What pulled you through this difficult, unjust or impossible time? What was the trigger or catalyst for change? What is a belief, a strategy, a faith, a person, a tool? What made the change possible?
4. Once you turned the corner mentally or emotionally, what did you do to turn your life around?
5. How is your life better today because you lived through the crisis? How have you transformed? How are you stronger emotionally, physically, spiritually? What gifts do you have to give because of this?
How to participate:
1. Click the blue "Add a slide" button below.
2. A HuffPost Social News box will open where you can upload a photo, write a title and a caption.
3. If you want to upload a video instead, simply click the "Video" button and drop in the embed code from YouTube, Vimeo, or whichever site you used to upload the video. You can also add a title and caption.
4. Click "Upload" and your contribution will be sent to a HuffPost editor.
Lifetime Art Impression:My life was very hectic. I worked hard to try to balance a very demanding executive level job in the automotive industry with my single parent responsibilities (raising two middle-school age sons). It had taken a toll on my health. My stress had manifested into frequent migraines, insomnia and digestive issues. On Good Friday in 2008 my Father was diagnosed with throat cancer. Shortly after he had a massive heart attack the night of his first chemo treatment. It wasn't long before we were next to his hospice bed watching his life drain away. He passed 5/20/2008 while my siblings & I were with him. Several months later I lost my job. It is devastating to watch someone you love slowly die. It is horrible to face a team of doctors who give up and tell you they can't do anything because he isn't strong enough to endure any surgeries necessary to keep him alive. I was physically and emotionally exhausted after his death and before I could fully recover, I was kicked while I was down and fired from my six-figure job. I felt like burying my head and giving up. I was hurt, angry and scared! Creativity and my faith in God saved me during my most difficult times. I also can't forget my boyfriend who was fairly new in my life at that time. He was an angel sent to me. I have always been a creative person and I had a dream to retire someday into my art business that I had created as a hobby. I can fall into a drawing like most can lose themselves in a good book. After my Dad's death I wrote some inspirational writings to try to help loved ones who were bereaving his death. I put the words on some of my serene photography, pressed a funeral flower and framed the piece. I received sincere feedback telling me how the words helped uplift their spirit. Many told me to market my work which is what I did. I've been commissioned to write many since and once I had a collection of them, I worked with Press Lorentz Publishing in Ann Arbor, MI and published them into a book called, What Can I Say When Words Escape Me, being present during times of sorrow. It came out December of 2009. I'm working diligently to continue to market my book, commissioned writings, a bereavement line of sympathy cards and memorial type drawings. My work at Lifetime Art Impressions, LLC gifted me with a more fulfilling and loving existence here on earth. It is so rewarding and therapeutic for me to reach out and touch others struggling through my artwork. I feel like I've had years of therapy but I haven't. I call my area of work today, Life Healing Art and it continues to bless me daily. I'm working to develop a craft workshop to market in community support groups, senior centers and hospice homes. I'm also trying to go into small circles in churches to discuss the benefits of art and creativity. I also upkeep a Healthy living column for the Detroit market on Examiner.com; it really keeps me positive and on track. I do not have the bank account I had when I worked as an executive but I'm getting by and as my business grows, I appreciate every penny I've earned. It is like they are dropping down from heaven! I'm not out of the woods yet, I'm still on Unemployment and I'm working with them weekly reporting my earnings. I'm hopeful I'll be standing on my own two feet ASAP. I'm keeping the faith! I'm a much healthy person today and I'm much happier. I would have never gotten the courage to do this had I not suffered the loss of my Father and my job. I know my Dad is right here with me along the way! Check out my website: http://www.lifetimeartimpression.com