“Tough times don’t last. Tough People do.” – Robert Schuller
We all have heard the ‘rags to riches’ stories, such as ‘Cinderella’ in our lives but many people believe those are just fairy tales. However, sometimes those stories do come true, proving that anyone can be a star, even when they were at their lowest. History is the proof; they are the ones who have dared to ‘keep moving forward’ are the ones who have been able to hit the ball out of the park. They are the ones who have rather taken tough times as an opportunity; an opportunity to learn and an opportunity to not surrender.
So, what are the actionable ways to stay resilient during tough times?
1. Pain is part of life and love, and it helps you grow
We are taught at an early age that all pain is evil and harmful. Yet, how can we ever deal with real life and true love if we are afraid to feel what we really feel? We need to feel pain, just as we need to feel alive and loved. Pain is meant to wake us up. Yet we try to hide our pain. Realize this. Pain is something to carry willingly, just like good sense. Because you can only learn how strong you are when being strong is the only choice you have.
2. Mindset is half the battle
It’s okay to have challenging times and fail sometimes. Expecting life to be wonderful all the time is wanting to swim in an ocean in which waves only rise up and never come crashing down. However, when you recognize that the rising and crashing waves are part of the exact same ocean, you are able to let go and be at peace with the reality of these ups and downs. It becomes clear that life’s ups require life’s downs.
In other words, life isn’t perfect, but it sure is good. Our goal shouldn’t be to create a perfect life, but to live an imperfect life in radical amazement. To get up every morning and take a good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is extraordinary. Every day is a gift. Never treat life casually.
Change your thoughts and you change your reality!
And mindset is especially powerful when it comes to accepting that…
3. Your biggest fears don’t really exist
When times are hard, it can be difficult to follow your heart and take another step, but it’s a tragedy to let the lies of fear stop you. Although fear can feel overwhelming and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not as powerful as it seems. Fear is only as deep as your mind allows. You are still in control. So take control!
You CAN beat fear if you face it. Be courageous! And remember that courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid; courage means you don’t let fear stop you from moving forward with your life.
4. You are growing through experience
Over time you will find that life isn’t necessarily any easier or harder than you thought it was going to be; it’s just that the easy and the hard aren’t exactly the way you had anticipated and don’t always happen the way you expect. This isn’t a bad thing; it makes life interesting. With a positive attitude, you will always be pleasantly surprised.
When you stop expecting things to be a certain way, you can appreciate them for what they are. Ultimately you will realize that life’s greatest gifts are rarely wrapped the way you expected.
5. Great things take time
Instant results are rarely the best results. With patience, you can greatly expand your potential. If your desires were always fulfilled immediately, you would have nothing to look forward to. You would miss out on the joys of anticipation and progress.
Remember, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in. It’s the willingness to stay focused, confidently staking one small step at a time, knowing that the way you move a mountain is by moving one stone at a time. Every stone you move, no matter how small, is progress.
One of life’s greatest gifts is the fact that life is difficult. Because in dealing with life’s difficulties, we build invaluable strength. This strength enables us to successfully fulfill our deepest, most meaningful purposes. It is precisely because life is difficult that we are able to make it great. It is because life is difficult that we are able to rise above the difficulties. We are able to make a difference and we are able to truly matter.
So remember this…
When times are tough, you must be tougher. Don’t pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a tough one that leads to greatness.
This program trains you on how to remain focused and resilient during any challenging situation and rather take the bull by the horns.