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Published on July 29, 2020

7 Tips for Overcoming Challenges in Life like a Pro

7 Tips for Overcoming Challenges in Life like a Pro

Life is all about the continuous effort for overcoming challenges. Every day brings forth new hurdles. You always have to be on guard to dodge these hurdles if you wish to live a smooth life.

The consistent motivation required for overcoming challenges can be easily lost. It’s not hard to put up a strong front against the hardest of challenges of life.

If you feel like giving up, you’ve come to the right place. The 7 tips you’ll find today will give you the right boost of energy to continue your drive against your daily struggle!

1. Shift Your Perspective

Every challenging situation, right off the bat, affects your perspective first.

Let’s say, this morning, you woke up to an email from your boss that said that you have to work through the weekend too. You had planned to meet your friends after months this weekend. Of course, you’ll instantly start to feel extremely mad and sad.

Next, you open the fridge to make some eggs in breakfast, but the eggs have gone bad. You’re also out of cereal. Later on in the day, you have to go out for grocery shopping, but your favorite, most comfortable jeans are dirty. Although this inconvenience is minor, it could possibly be the last straw that will make you want to start screaming at this point.

Apparently, your entire day has gone in the wrong direction. But the real issue is that not that minor challenges got to you back to back. Instead, it’s your perspective.

From the moment you read the email, you put on a negative paradigm. Since then, everything was perceived as a bigger problem than it actually is. You already knew that you were out of cereal. You also probably knew that the eggs would go bad by this day. Despite that, your negative mindset made your overreact.

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So, make it a habit to never let negativity take over. Yes, you shouldn’t be positive forcefully. However, focus only your negative energy on the real challenge. Ignore the minor inconveniences like you would on a good day.

If you let your energy go to waste on such small matters, you’ll be drained of energy before you even begin to fight against the real challenge.

2. Learn From Someone Who Has Been Through It

If it gives you comfort, then you should know that you’re not the only one going through this issue. Someone out there is going through exactly similar circumstances and possibly even worse.

Similarly, there’s someone out there who has been through the same challenge but was able to get out of it unharmed.

There are millions of people in similar circumstances. You may know at least one such individual who has gone through a similar issue. It could be a celebrity, someone from your neighborhood, a member from your extended family, or anyone from anywhere.

This person’s experience is a source of motivation as well as a guide to get through your challenge. Overcoming challenges can be as easy as observing the people around you.

If you can’t think of anyone who has tackled the problem already, it’s alright. You’ll know of someone who, if ever faced with a similar situation, could walk through it without an issue. Maybe that’s because this person has enough money to buy their solution, or they have the physical and mental ability to find a way out.

Whatever the case, try to follow the same footsteps. Come up with alternatives to suit your circumstances. As long as you have an example to see, you’ll have the strong will to continue in the same direction. A real-life example is the best motivation to continue the fight against your life’s hurdles.

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3. Don’t Shy Away From Help for Overcoming Challenges

You came into this world alone and you’ll leave alone. Yet, every human depends on the other for their survival between these two points of existence. Even the strongest economies in the world are interdependent. So, it’s only okay to expect an emotionally or physically strained person like you to seek help as well.

The reason why you should ask for help is not that you aren’t capable of pulling yourself out of the tough situation. But since you’re the one suffering through it, you’re already drained. Moreover, your perspective is way different than that of a third person.

Having someone to support you through your tough time is great. The best scenario is if they have the expertise to get you over the hurdle. Even if that’s not the case, the emotional support is more than enough to keep you going in tough times.

4. Figure Out a Solution

Nothing (yes, nothing) in life is unsolvable (except for some mathematics problems). But as far as the everyday life issues are concerned, there’s always a solution.

No matter how big of a mountain you think has come in front of you, it won’t kill you. You can reach its top only if you’re determined to.

If you’re thinking of ways of overcoming challenges, you’re already on the right track. Only with a mind that wants to overcome an issue can you actually do it. So, start thinking of all possible and impossible solutions to your problem.

For example, if you’re currently going through a financial problem, some solutions include shifting to a better-paid job, working more than one job, taking a loan, winning a lottery, robbing a bank, and the list goes on. Simply knowing that there are so many solutions to your problem, half your worries will eradicate.

The next step is, of course, to work on this solution. Once you’re figured out the most feasible route for yourself, you need to start taking baby steps towards it.

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Let’s say you decided to shift your job. So, you’ll start by looking out for career choices that pay well and are also relevant to your skills and experience. Next, you’ll apply to places that have open vacancies, and so on.

With a focused goal, you’ll not lose your sense of direction amid all the hindrances.

5. Compartmentalize

Do you know what pulls people down during a tough time? It’s not that one challenge but the fact that this one challenge takes over all other parts of their life too.

An issue in your career reflects on your behavior with your partner, keeps you from hanging out with your friends, strains your motivation to stay fit, and basically harms every other aspect. All of this is because that one challenge is all that’s on your mind. You just cannot distract your brain to think of other things.

This behavior is harmful not just for yourself but also for those around you. Keep the challenges of your life restricted. If they take over, you won’t be able to overcome them. To solve one problem, you need to continue to live normally in other parts so that you don’t lose your strength.

Learn to compartmentalize so that your brain is trained to keep the good things away from the negative.[1] With an organized mind, you can conquer any challenge that comes to you.

6. Focus on the Bigger Picture

One closed door opens another. That’s an extremely true saying. One hurdle may seem like a full stop, but it may be exactly what you need to reach a final goal.

Imagine the prettiest landscape; a land full of peace, serenity, natural beauty, starry sky, and everything nice that you can think of. If you know that the final destination is worth it, you won’t mind the narrow path that you’ll have to walk on to get to it.

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Similarly, if you can shift your focus to the bigger picture, the minor challenges won’t seem to be an issue. Instead, you’ll make the most of them by learning from every challenging second. Going through a hard time can bring you many benefits if you have the right point of view.[2]

7. Help Others

In the end, despite your challenges, be ready to offer help to others.

You will be contributing to the cycle of help while also learning a great deal from their way of tackling a life issue. Moreover, offering a helping hand ensures you’ve got someone you can rely on during your tough times too.

The Takeaway

Overcoming challenges in life is not hard. Instead, it is a balanced way to tackle the problem without letting it affect healthy parts of your life. It not only requires physical efforts but also mental strength.

The 7 tips you learned today are a good balance between both. They keep you mentally strong so that you can put it your maximum physically. Altogether, you can put up a strong fight against the hardest challenges. No obstacle can stop you from living your life to the fullest.

All you’ve got to do now is to stay determined and push yourself by implementing these tips in your life. Then, notice yourself looking forward to new challenges instead of dreading them!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Chase Your Dreams

10 Reasons Why You Should Chase Your Dreams

Contemplating chasing your dreams? This is a little reminder why you shouldn’t.

After reading this article, you’ll say “Why not?” and will go after your dreams. Here are 10 reasons why you should chase yourr dreams.

1. Develop a Sense of Empowerment

The key to a healthy self-esteem is the ability to feel empowered. I am not talking about a power trip here; it’s all about believing in one’s ability to accomplish great things. In the willpower of the individual to reach and surpass their true potential.

2. Create a Legacy for Yourself

Who doesn’t want to be remembered? Let’s face it, deep down we all care about what others think of us. We may not show it, we may never admit to it, but we do. So why not create a legacy for yourself?

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Creating a reputation that will follow you through life and beyond is important, no matter how much value to put to it.

3. Make Your Family and Friends Proud of You

This is self-explanatory and as important as creating a legacy.

Yes, making people proud of you matters; you know it, I know it and for some of us more than others. It may or may not be the driving force behind what we do, but it’s definitely a factor.

4. Challenge Yourself

Prove to yourself that you can do a) whatever you put your mind to do and b) prove people who convinced you that you can’t do something wrong.

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The bottom line is that everyone likes to be challenged. You don’t have to be a hard core competitive personality to appreciate a good challenge, so dream it, and then go for it. Whatever it may be, just chase it.

5. Learn New Things and Acquire New Skills

There is nothing more dangerous for the human kind or our health than a dull mind.

Learning new things keeps us healthy, and stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically. Whether it’s a new language, a new hobby, past time, or a craft. Learn how to sail, knit, speak Japanese, learn Excel, write a book, take cooking classes, run a marathon.

6. The Rewarding Results

There is nothing more rewarding that achieving your goals, setting new records and looking back to the hard work and where it lead you. You will become a mentor to someone that has the same or similar dreams and aspirations as you.

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The best part? The credit for whatever you achieve can never be taken from you. Word of advice: don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every once in a while.

7. Your Life Will Change

No matter what the goal is, no matter what you have dreamed of and achieved, your life will change. You will change.

You will evolve and become more versatile, more intuitive, flexible, and stronger. You will never be the same person you were before you started on your pursuit of your dreams; you will discover abilities about yourself you didn’t know you had.

8. No Regrets

Some people regret the things they do, but almost everyone regrets the things they don’t do. So if you don’t want to live in the limelight of a life not lived, of a dreamed not chased, or a what if state of mind, then go for it!

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9. People Will Look up to You

In the end, it doesn’t even matter if you achieve the goal. The important part is to try. To dream it, to plan it, to try it out.

The goal may and will change, as long as you don’t sit idle you will be looked upon.

Davey Anderson once said:

“No matter how slow you run, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.”

10. If You Don’t, Who Will?

Exactly my point! Good Luck!

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