In reality, at some point in our life, we all struggle. Even the most successful people you could ever think of go through that phase too. But even though we face these challenges, we have the choice on how to deal or respond to that kind of situation. It is up to us to build and train our mind to be optimistic and unstoppable amidst trials and adversities in life. Those people who are thriving and achieving their dreams today is a testament on how people can overcome anything against all odds.
The ability to overcome these struggles is not an easy one to work out. You need to have determination and grit to achieve it. Here are 15 ways that can help you to overcome struggles in life.
1. Push your limits.
Struggle strengthens your character. The moments in our life that we are most proud of are oftentimes the ones where we overcame hardship to achieve something that is worth it.
Do something that pushes your ability to improve more. Nothing feels better than the feeling that you are stronger and capable of far more than you ever imagined.
2. Don’t go through life alone.
I am a firm believer that you cannot go through this life alone. No matter how introverted we might feel for most of the time, there are still situations that you just can’t handle it all by yourself. Build and surround yourself with a solid support system that really knows you. These people are your friends and family who genuinely care, believe in you, and only want the best for you. They are the roots of your success.
The most important thing is to always remember that you are not alone. They will help you become encouraged and build yourself up not only through good and wise words but also the words that sometimes you don’t want to hear.
3. Be optimistic
Most of the time, we tend to have a negative outlook on things, especially when it seems too hard to handle. Learn to have a positive mind and outlook on life. Start every day with an expectant heart and an uplifted spirit. There’s so much good around us that is not appreciated enough because of our thinking towards life.
4. Have a journal.
Whether you’re in a good or bad mood, having a journal allows you to write down your thoughts when you feel uncomfortable talking to people. It also helps you to plan and list down the things that you want to do and achieve.
You might think it’s too tiring to work out, but it’s actually beneficial for you. Some people use exercise as a tool to de-stress and let out all the negative energy that is in their system. So that after the workout, they will feel much better.
6. Go out and explore.
Exploring the environment is a calming experience. It improves your life and how you think and see things. Mother nature shows us that there’s beauty everywhere and that all we need is to take notice and pay attention to it.
7. Celebrate your summits- then seek out new ones.
Lay down every single goal you have achieved in your life. Celebrate them! Give yourself credit for putting yourself out there and conquering all those things. It takes a whole lot of courage and perseverance to reach them – then aim for new goals.
8. Keep an open mind.
Some words that you might hear are words of encouragement that take the form of constructive criticisms. Try to have an open mind and reflect on the things that were said to you, those words will help you improve more in whatever area in your life. Oftentimes, we are blind to some aspect in our lives that needs to be improved and others are the ones who can only see it.
9. Stop comparing.
Your life is different from others, you should not feel bad if other people are already at the peak of your success and you’re not. Learn to trust the process and believe in your strength and capabilities that you can achieve whatever goals you have in life.
10. Avoid having a “pity-party”.
Feeling sorry for yourself will get you nowhere, never drown yourself in self-pity. Always remember that you’re human, you are not perfect, you make mistakes and oftentimes fail – and that’s okay. Do not let the negativities get to you, and never ever think that it’s the end of the world. It’s okay to feel bad and sad about the things that you cannot control but don’t let those things break you. They are there to help you become strong.
11. Feel the pain.
Pain is inevitable, you’ll feel it one way or another. However, always remember that there’s always a rainbow after the rain, there’s a better opportunity out there that are waiting for you.
12. Stay committed and focused.
Being committed to overcoming your struggles in life and becoming the best version of yourself is not as easy as you think it is. Have focus and stay away from distractions and things that may hinder you from achieving your goals. Don’t allow these obstacles to bring you down because it’s normal. Obstacles help you grow in building strength, fortitude, and resilience. Every single time you face a problem, you overcome a mental hurdle.
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13. Avoid being too hard on yourself.
It should be a constant reminder that you should always be kind to yourself. The challenges that we face are there to bring out the best and the worst in us and most of the time, people won’t be there for you especially if you’re in a bad situation. Sometimes you can only depend on yourself and no one else, be a good friend and companion to yourself.
14. Enjoy peace and solitude.
Now you may think that the best way to cure your problems is by drowning in alcohol and going out all night partying. Let me tell you this, it’s not going to help you solve anything. Sometimes, we find the answers to our questions by being at peace and just reflecting on our thoughts. A much-needed break from the noise and chaos of the world is important to avoid having the potential to break you mentally and emotionally.
15. Don’t ever stop trying.
Never ever give up! Have faith in yourself that you can overcome those challenges. You were born a fighter, more than a conqueror.
Pursue a life that brings you progress and positivity. Life can be unpredictable and often intimidating especially when we are faced with a lot of problems and trials that can either make or break us. However, we should always remember to get back up no matter how many times life knocks us down.