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7 Ways to Make Lemonade When Life Throws You a Problem

7 Ways to Make Lemonade When Life Throws You a Problem

This is not an article about various ways to make lemonade. It’s about finding the positive even when life is not going your way—in other words, when it’s throwing you lemons. The expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is used to encourage us when we’re facing a problem in our lives. When you face problems in a way you can feel proud of, you’re making life a little sweeter. Lemons suggest bitterness (a problem or adversity you are facing), while lemonade is sweet and pleasant. Staying positive and figuring out how to solve problems is much more advantageous than allowing yourself to go sour.

1. Be grateful

Even if your life is completely falling apart, there are still things you can be grateful for. It may be tough at the beginning but as you consider the good things going on in your life, you’ll realize there are plenty of small things to be grateful for. If this practice lifts your mood, that shift may also help you realize you’re in control of your life.

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2. Stay Calm

It’s important not to stress out too much, despite the issues happening in your life. Learning to take a deep breath when life gets too much can allow you a moment of much-needed relaxation. Find a spot where you feel safe to reflect on what’s happening and how you are going to deal with it.

3. Reactive positively

Moving through the problems with a sense of grace is what you can control. There are outside forces, of course, but it’s up to you how you’re going to cope with them. Don’t get angry or completely freak out. Instead smile and say to yourself “this too shall pass.” Reacting negatively, especially towards others, is going to make you feel even more terrible.

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4. Learn to accept things

By pushing away the problem, you only make it stronger. Instead, accept things as they are. When something comes up in your mind about the situation, say “yes” to all the feelings that arise in you. For example, if you’re heart is aching, feel it. You actually make the feelings you have less painful or stressful if you admit that they exist. If you suffered a loss, it’s essential you acknowledge it so the healing can truly begin.

5. Go outside

This may seem like a simplistic solution but looking at the vastness of the sky or listening to the sound of birds may make you realize there is something greater than what’s happening within you. Taking a walk in nature isn’t going to solve your problems, per se, but it could make you feel better afterwards. This in turn helps you face problems with a more positive outlook.

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6. Meditate

Even if you don’t have a care in the world, I suggest daily meditation because it keeps you grounded. When a major problem in your life does occur, you will have honed the strategy of non-reaction to what’s going on around you. You can stay with the issue and allow the storm to pass over you without panicking. Meditation is like already having your sugar-water ready, just in case a bunch of lemons are thrown your way.

7. Be the warrior

Face your problems like that of a warrior, instead of running from them. Having the strength to deal with whatever is happening in your life brings more confidence. It’s times like these where you can test your true strength and grow, if you take the opportunity to do so with open arms and a warrior mind. Know that the problems will eventually cease, probably a lot more quickly if you manage them. Running away may cause the problem to resurface from time to time.

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Featured photo credit: retro girl making funny face holding a lemon via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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    When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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      Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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