Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Uniformity: A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #21
Michael Bluemling, Jr., is a former Sergeant of Soldiers and author of "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Civilian," who overcame abuse to become a success story, after his transition from soldier to civilian. He shares his insight with fellow veterans, to help them through this arduous process, successfully.
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When you hear the phrase, “dress right dress”, what comes into your mind? Do you draw upon family conversations of being in a military family or does it hit closer to home with you having served your country? When I think of this phrase I think about being a military brat growing up in a home with very strict rules and guidelines, along with my personal experiences having served in the United States Army for four years. These memories bring about one common theme in my mind and that is having structure in my life that allows me to be the person I am today.

When you are going through a difficult transition, being able to have uniformity or being “dress right dress” is critical to mission success no matter the goal you are attempting to accomplish. Leaving one environment and going into another completely different environment can be quite frankly very troubling. That is why it is very important to try to organize all of the steps in the process in order to be able to identify obstacles as they come along, In addition, being able to prepare yourself for future steps that must be taken to accomplish the overall goal is imperative.

Being able to develop strategies and ways that you can have the balance in life you strive for, without having undue anxiety or stress is very important. There are several ways to do that. Having a routine and setting aside time in your day to work on professional and personal development seems like a no brainer, but in some cases it is the little steps we miss that can distract us from the overall course we would like to be on. Networking and talking to others about your goals is a significant step in being able to branch out your ideas and turn them into reality. The power of people is tremendous in the world we all live in. Therefore, you must tap into the resources around you in order to continue to excel and grow through the difficult periods we all encounter as changes are occurring all around us continuously.

7 Steps to Having Uniformity

  1. Wake up to five minutes of reflection for yourself and your family.
  2. Undertake a form of physical and mental exercises at least three to five times a week.
  3. Set daily goals for yourself of what you would like to accomplish.
  4. Track your progress weekly.
  5. Identify areas of improvement being realistic of what is possible and what is improbable.
  6. Celebrate the success of reaching a goal and the ability to overcome adversity as it presents itself.
  7. Avoid feeding into the commotion going on in others lives and focus on how you can avoid similar pitfalls learning from both your mistakes and the mistakes of those around you.
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