Tough times come to us all. When these times arrive, it can be difficult to remain focused on your goals and your aspirations. You may find yourself wondering when the hardships in your life will go away. The truth is, the hardships of life never truly fade away. But, you can use this to your advantage by viewing these challenges as opportunities instead of roadblocks or burdens.
The more you are able to view life’s tests as catalysts for growth, the better prepared you will be to sail through them.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way to navigating life’s most tumultuous seas:
1. Pain can drive you onward. Pain, whether physical or mental, is an indication that something, somewhere, is not right. We are taught from birth that pain is a negative force meant to torment or beguile us, but this is not the case. Pain can serve as a beacon in the darkness, a torch that illuminates the path.
- Oftentimes, psychological pain is the result of unresolved issues that are smoldering somewhere beneath the surface. Only by confronting these issues, sooner or later, by bringing them to the surface, can you move past them.
- Everything has an opposite. The pain is the opposite of joy. If not for pain, we would have no understanding of joy as a state of being. Do not run from pain. Instead, face it head on and ask yourself, “What is the root cause of my pain?”
- The answer to this question can lead you to joy if you are willing to address the source of your pain.
2. Your mindset determines your outcomes. How you react to hardship often determines how much of it you will experience.
- Your reactions have immediate and lasting effects on both your body and mind. Choosing to act instead of react can free you from habitual behavior that might be causing challenges in the first place.
- Optimism and realism are not mutually exclusive. The ups and downs of life are part of the relativistic nature of the universe. It is important that you face both with equal vigor.
- When you swim in a lake or ocean, you know perfectly well that the crash of one wave leads to the cresting of another. Life operates in the same way, so expect each swell to bring with it its own challenge. Avoid letting negativity color your perceptions or your long-term planning.
- If you expect pain, you will react in pain. And if you react in pain, whether the threat is real or not, you will miss out on any opportunities hidden within the challenge itself.
3. Most fears are not true representatives of reality. It is important that you differentiate between fears that stem from physical threats and those fears that arise in the mind.
- The latter are often created by the brain as it runs various scenarios deep within your subconscious. These are often set up as worst case scenarios. When you dream, you become aware of this process. These mental fears are meant to keep you from taking unnecessary risks.
- To succeed in today’s high-tech, hyper-connected world, you have to be able to face these fears head on. This is the only way to convince your subconscious that the threats it perceives are not real. Or at least do not present any mortal danger.
- Only with repeated exposure to discomfort can you convince your subconscious mind that it has nothing to fear from these non-physical threats.
- You can overcome just about any fear every single time if you are willing to force yourself through the discomfort it generates. Typically, this discomfort will melt away the moment you dive into the task or situation that you have been dreading.
Taking action with these concepts in mind will help you find solutions for many of your challenges.
When you can manage the present, the future will take care of itself!!
Remember this: opportunity only exists in the present moment.
In order to build toward your ideal tomorrow, you have to deal effectively with the life you have today.
To your continued success.