I hope I catch you before you quit! If you have stopped trying, it is time to get back in the race, because it is not over yet. You are more than the challenge you are facing, and if you were not more, that challenge would not be present in your life. The tough time that you may be facing is just there to create room for your growth. Embrace it and prepare yourself for growth. I have been reading comments on social media and talking to fellow friends and to be honest, tough times are not easy. That is the reason they call it tough times, but you have within you the God-given ability to outwit the adversity you may be faced with, whether it is unemployment, bad relationships, loss of a loved one, financial difficulties or just a “bad” day. Tough times are not for pitying yourself, but for looking deep within yourself for the answers, because they are there. A lot of times when we face challenges we tend to look outside of ourselves for the answers, and I have done that myself. However, doing so only leads to a victim mentality and asking “why me?” And before I go any further I want you yo know that you are not a victim. The challenges are only there to inform you that it is time for personal growth.
So here is a checklist of things to consider when facing Tough Times:
- Stay calm and don’t panic. It is your initial energy that will set the tone of how you will deal with the situation. As Charles R. Swindoll said, “Life is only 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” You may not have control over the situation but you have control of your reaction.
- Ask yourself questions. Sometimes out of panic we tend to ask “why me?” Why not ask, “how can I learn from this situation?” or “what can I do to make this situation better?” The moment you ask positive and optimistic questions the subconscious mind goes to work to find the answers. You will be amazed at the creations that come out of challenging situations.
- Remind yourself of your talents. What are you good at? This is the moment you want to do it. Doing the thing that you are good at or love to do, will bring joy to yourself. Having joy will reduce the tension that may have been brought on by your situation.
- Make use of the present moment. It is only in the present moment that you will be able to make the changes you want to see in your life. Past situations will not help you, so don’t keep your mind there. The present moment is all you have. Anthony Robbins poses a great question to ask yourself, “How am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I’ve committed to?” Also, it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us are tiny matters to what lies within us.”
Remember you are a strong person and when you endure the trial you will in turn become more responsible, disciplined and able to move to the next level of personal development. Tough times are all part of the process of life, and if we view it as such we will be more apt to seize the moment as a time for growth.
“Character is power.” ~Booker T. Washington
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