Challenges are a part of life. Without obstacles to test us, how would we develop and progress?
Sometimes, you may find yourself with the short end of the stick, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. What you can do, however, is choose how to react to the situation and figure out where to go from there.
Accept the Situation
If you feel life has dealt you a bad hand, the first thing you need to do, in order to get past the emotional turmoil, is to accept the situation.
Whether it’s a life-changing accident, a career move gone wrong or a blow to your personal life, you must acknowledge and accept what’s happened.
Acknowledge Your Emotions
People tend to downplay the struggles they face and the impact they have on them. Just because someone has it worse off than you does not mean you can’t feel angry, sad and overwhelmed.
Your pain is your own, and your challenge is for you to face. Acknowledge your anger and your sadness; let yourself feel it, but after that, it’s time to work on improving the situation.
It’s All About Perception
How you view the obstacles you face is an important part of learning to overcome them. If you perceive them as an indication of your own failure or something that hampers your way to success, then your emotions will cloud your capabilities.
See them as an opportunity to help yourself evolve to come out better and stronger on the other side.
Focus on the Positives
Everyone talks about looking at the silver lining—but what does that really mean?
It doesn’t mean to paste a smile on your face and fake it till you make it.
It entails being grateful for what you have, to center your mind on positive aspects of your life and refrain from ruminating on all the negatives.
Know that there is a solution to the challenge you face and, until you find it, hold on to any silver lining you can.
Bill Wooditch is a motivational keynote speaker and author of the book Always Forward! Both his book and his presentations have focused on the need to constantly move forward despite any and all obstacles.
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