Overcoming Challenges – Part 2 In every situation, there is always a way out that you can find and appreciate.
Do you look at something that’s hard and get easily frustrated about how difficult it is? What do you think would be the most likely outcome? Can you think in a different direction?
What’s the high point of the challenge you’re facing? There’s something positive about the situation you’re in. Are you able to learn and grow from this experience? How will this experience make you a better person? How will this event in your life alter your future for the better?
Think of a stressful situation you currently face. Take time right now to close your eyes and ask yourself, “What’s great about this?” At first, your mind will likely answer something like, “Nothing!” Continue to think about it until your mind gives you two or three satisfying answers.
This is different than thinking that everything is perfect when it’s not. Instead of denying reality, you’re giving your mind a more accurate, balanced picture of reality. Allowing your mind to realise that there are both positive and negative aspects of your current situation puts yourself in a more productive frame of mind to deal with those negative parts of that reality.
Overcoming Challenges – Step 2 Self-reflection
Every situation has something to teach you if you’ll look for it. Ask yourself:
- What can I learn from this challenge about my abilities and my circumstances?
- In what ways does facing this situation improve the quality of my life?
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