We all know life is brutal at times.Regardless of how blessed we are, setbacks and challenges are inevitable. We’re all tested at some point. How do you handle the challenges in life?
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson
So, what will you do when life punches you in the face? Consider the things below when you’re faced with the inevitable curveballs of life:
1. You’ve struggled before, and you’ve survived.
This isn’t the first time that you’ve struggled, right? Think back to the last time you thought you were dealing with more than you could handle. You survived.
How do you feel when you think about those circumstances now? Keep in mind that at some point in the near future, you’ll think back on your current situation and remember that you also survived.
2. Even small changes can make a big difference.
When you’re at your lowest, even a small change can have a big impact. When your life is operating at a high level, making additional progress can be a lot of work.
3. Gratitude will provide a more positive perspective.
Look for things you can be grateful about. There’s ALWAYS something in life to be grateful for. Your perspective will change considerably, and you’ll be in a better position to find solutions to your current dilemma. Gratitude is a great tool to have available during both good and difficult times. Are you strong enough to be grateful when you’re at your lowest?
4. Progress is key.
People are happiest when making progress. Set a couple, small achievable goals, then reach them. Even small accomplishments will help you feel better. It’s far better to be taking small steps toward progress through a tough situation, than it is to remain stagnant or sliding backward.
5. You’ll may smile about it one day.
A sense of humor can be wonderfully healing. Long after you’ve made it through your current circumstances–and you WILL make it through–try to find a little humor in the bad times. Think back to previous struggles. You may realize you may have been a smidge overly dramatic. It’s likely you will eventually feel the same about your current situation.
6. You’ll be stronger for it.
Struggles result in strength. Yes, things suck when you’re in the middle of a s**t storm, but chances are good that you may be grateful for those struggles some day. You’ll come out on the other side as a stronger, more capable version of yourself.
7. You don’t have to face it alone.
Remember that there are plenty of people that are willing to help. Accepting that help isn’t always easy, but it’s important to avoid the urge to hide from the world and face your challenges alone. It’s not healthy, and it’s not necessary. Reach out and allow others to assist you.
8. There’s nowhere to go but up!
If you’re truly at your absolute lowest, there’s nowhere to go but up from here. Reaching a true low point can be a blessing in disguise. It’s a chance to get real with yourself, dig in, and make some necessary, positive changes in your life.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when everything feels like it’s tumbling down around you, but you can overcome most anything. Set a simple goal and achieve it. Then, set a slightly bigger goal and achieve it. The momentum you gain can give a great boost of confidence and optimism!
No matter how challenging your life might be, you still have something good in your life, you still have something to be grateful for, and you still have something to look forward to. You will overcome your current challenge–and those you’ll face in the future.
Share your thoughts: When you think back on some of your most challenging time, did some of these things eventually become true?