Challenges are an inevitable part of life.
Things will happen that feel unfair, out of your control, and sometimes devastating. Coronavirus is a perfect example.
During difficult times like these, it is more important than ever before to build your resilience muscle.
The people who thrive in life are those who view challenges as opportunities for growth.
Are you ready to overcome life struggles and challenges to become the hero of your life? If so, keep reading.
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Challenges empower you or destroy you.
It is your response to adversity, not the adversity itself that ends up determining how your life will unfold. What you resist, persists. When you experience pain or uncomfortable emotions, your natural response may be to run away. Why would you want to embrace something that causes you pain, right?
In my experience, when you don't embrace challenges, you only get more of them. In Buddhism, they believe that since our mind creates everything, no external cause is really creating any pain for us. Thus, it's only the illusion within our mind that creates the pain we feel.
When you experience struggles in life, you may think that it's the struggle itself that is the problem. However, oftentimes it's a symptom of a much deeper issue that you have yet to face. Instead of resisting your challenges, what would happen if you surrendered to them? Some of my most powerful transformational experiences in life have happened on the other side of surrender.
I believe that everything, both good and bad, happens for a higher purpose. The moment that you stop fighting the natural flow of things and let go of what you cannot control is the moment that life starts acting in your favor. The challenge that a lot of people face is that they want to control everything.
At its core, the need for control is rooted in a fear of what will happen if one loses control. The reality is that you can't control everything that happens to you. Sometimes the plan that you have for your life doesn't turn out how you wanted it to be. In the words of John Lennon, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
Life doesn't always like your plans.
Sometimes life gives you challenges that shake you to your core, to the point where you hit rock bottom – the death of a loved one, a failed marriage, losing your job, financial debt. In difficult times, you always have a choice. You can either rise and step into your power or be a victim of your circumstances.
When you allow challenges to define you, you give up your power. If you want to overcome challenges and life struggles, you must possess empowering core beliefs. Doing so will allow you to move through difficult times with grace and ease.
At the core of resilience is a belief in oneself as well as a belief in something larger than oneself. I'm grateful for all of the challenges and struggles that I've faced in life because they've made me into the person who I am today. In times of crisis, like the one we are currently facing, you are being presented with a unique opportunity to step up and take on the role of a leader.
If you're reading this, you're already a leader. Whether that's in your role as a mother, a community volunteer, a husband, or a boss. During times of uncertainty, the world needs people like you to step up to the plate. Unfortunately, we cannot always rely on the powers that be to lead or make decisions that are in our best interest. Now is the time to take action and lead through the crisis instead of merely reacting to it.
This is how to overcome life struggles and challenges.
As global citizens, I believe that it is our moral responsibility to take action and inspire others to do the same. Call it purpose. Call it your life's mission. Whatever it is for you, I believe that we should all strive to make a difference in the world. How will you be a force for good and make a positive impact in the lives of others?