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Do You Have The Do It Anyway Attitude?

my authentic me Dec 06, 2021

Have you been struggling through a bit of a rough patch? Does it feel as though, lately, you’ve been down on your luck or that life just won’t give you a break? Sometimes when we’re up against hard times and we are thrown into difficult situations, it can feel as though the universe isn’t on our side. It can be tempting to just throw in the towel… to give up and resign ourselves to the negativity that has entered our lives. 

Whenever you hit a rough patch in life, it can seem like the problems you’re confronting are unique to you and that the whole world is closing in. It might be that you are struggling to find a way out and just can’t see the light of hope anywhere when the going gets tough.

Thankfully, although you might not see it, there is always hope. Nothing lasts forever—not even bad times—and doing things like remembering why you started in the first place and practicing using your courage muscle are just a couple of things that can shorten the difficult times.

Life will always have something unexpected to throw our way, which is something we can all expect. But if you want to make the very most of your life, this one life, and to be happy, you need to learn how to push past whatever barriers are placed in your way. Don’t take the easy way out. Fight for your life and your happiness.

So, what can you do when you feel like giving up?  If you could find a way to not only survive but thrive when the going gets tough, how would your life change for the better?   

Here are ta few things you can do to make that happen today.

1. Realize How Far You Have Come  

Whenever you get discouraged on the path to wherever you want to go, it is usually because you are only looking forward, not around you or behind you. Your journey through life will last until your final day, so it is no wonder that you still see a long and sometimes daunting path ahead.

To keep going despite this, it’s important to take a moment or two to look around. Look at where you are standing now compared to when you first started. Look at how many obstacles and challenges are behind you that you managed to overcome successfully.

2. Remember Why You Started

Sometimes life can be a bit of a fight, especially within yourself. Therefore, having your reasons for continuing will always help pull you out when times are tough. Try writing these down and posting them in places you look at every day to help them have even more impact.

3. See Your Scars As A Strength

It is rare for any person to go through life and not experience past hurts, pain or regret. However, until you are able to acccept and learn from these experiences, you will struggle to enjoy the here and now. So how should you deal with these demons? The most powerful approach would be to learn to look at your scars as causes for strength.

4. Share Your Story

You will be surprised of how many people are going through the same or a similar situation.  Telling your story will not only help them, but it will also help you heal.  So do not be afraid to share your struggles. 

5. Find Inspiration In Others

Most successful people have had to overcome some serious struggles to get to where they are.  It’s worth recognizing that nobody trying to live their best life can ever get through it without their fair share of challenges to overcome. That’s just part of the hero’s journey.

6. Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

One of the worst things you can do when the going gets tough is to come down hard on yourself. Everyone has these external and internal struggles, and the harder you are on yourself for having them, the more difficult and traumatic the episodes will be when you inevitably slip up.

7. Take Smaller Steps & Smaller Bursts Of Courage.

It is common for people to stumble in life because they are simply taking on too much at once.  We want to have every stepped planned out from A to Z and life does not always workout that way.  Most of the pivotal moments of change in your life—including pulling yourself out of a hole when the going gets tough—come from small, courageous decisions in short, precise moments. So learn to take smaller steps and know that every step, no matter the size, is powerful. 

8. Realize That You Will Not Always Be Motivated. 

It shocks my clients when I say this, so please allow me to explain.  One of the main reasons that people get discouraged and struggle to keep going in hard times is that they never expected their motivation to dip. When we start something new in life our motivation is always a 10/10.  We think of all the amazing things that are going to change.  

However, as time wears on, motivation levels inevitably drop, and you start to focus on the negatives of what’s happening or the added responsibility that you forgot to consider.

When this happens, you have two choices:

  1. You can put on your rose-colored glasses of the past and falsely remember how perfect everything was.
  2. You can put on your realistic glasses, face the difficulties, and keep moving forward into something better.

It is great to have motivation, but the real test of character is when you feel like giving up, but you choose to keep going. 

Life is going to present many difficulties. This isn’t something to fear, but something to embrace. With these steps, you can navigate these stormy waters a little easier.


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