Every human will face challenges at least once in a lifetime.
Some of these challenges will bring you to your breaking point. Others will leave you pushing harder than you ever imagined. No matter what challenge you face, there are universal things you can do in that situation to help you get through it. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to overcoming any challenge, roadblock, or difficulty you face.
Speak Good Things Over Yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in a negative mindset. Perhaps you were told lies about yourself growing up and when challenges hit, these lies come rearing their ugly heads. Stop letting those lies control how you think about yourself. When a challenge hits, you are not doomed for failure. It’s an obstacle to overcome, and when you speak good things over yourself, you start to overcome those negative lies you were once told. You’ll start to believe that it’s possible to get through whatever you’re dealing with, and your actions will soon follow.
Surround Yourself With People Who Believe in You
Remember those lies? Someone once told you those things. It’s okay to keep your contact with people like that to a minimum. You want to surround yourself with people who believe in you and who will cheer you on. It’s important to create a community of friendships that include people who will spur you on and give you hope even when times are tough. Lean on your circle of friends in the midst of any challenge. You don’t need to figure it out on your own.
Break it Down Into Smaller Pieces
Sometimes you face challenges like a career crisis, deciding where to go to school, or looking for new opportunities in other fields. You’ll need to take whatever challenge you’re facing and break it into smaller pieces. Some people want to go back to school to pursue even higher levels of education. It’s important to ask yourself what you need to do to get there. Will you need to take LSAT classes to find out if you can really pursue a law degree? Will you need to complete a few more classes to qualify? How can you get financial help to reach your goals? What steps do you need to take to move out of state? Breaking a challenge down into more manageable steps will make it easier for you to overcome.
Prepare, Don’t Procrastinate
It’s easy to get caught in a predicament because you spent more time procrastinating than you did preparing. When you want to be ready to get through any challenge that life sends your way, you’ll need to be a person of preparation. Prepare with batteries for when the lights go out. Prepare what you need to complete important work projects instead of spending time gossiping at the water cooler. Preparation helps you look for solutions before something ever becomes a problem. It’s not about living in fear but having a healthy level of forethought of what you would do in challenging situations. Being a prepared person can help improve your health and wellness in any area of life.
Identify Unhealthy Habits
Sometimes we are the source of the challenges we face. Someone who is obese might’ve stopped exercising and eating well due to injury or stress in life. They turned to unhealthy habits to help them cope, and now they are reaping the health consequences of their choices. In this situation, it would be a challenge to get back to a healthy lifestyle. But it’s not impossible. Part of learning to overcome trials means that you are willing to look at yourself to identify unhealthy habits. Eating a half of a package of cookies every night out of boredom might indicate the need to develop some hobbies. Sitting in front of the television to binge-watch Hulu might indicate a need to be intentional about friendships. Sometimes the unhealthy habits we develop that add difficulties to our lives can be resolved when we are willing to recognize them.
Be Willing to Learn
Something that overcomers have in common is a willingness to learn. They are willing to learn new skills that can help them in life. They are willing to learn from other people who have more knowledge in an area than they do. Willingness to learn is critical. This posture puts people in the mindset of no matter what challenge they face, even if they don’t know how to get through it now, they can learn on the way.