Life is full of challenges that can come in many different shapes and sizes. Stand tall, be strong and take action and you will overcome any challenges life throws at you.
As Forrest Gump famously said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” What he meant by that is life is full of challenges that can come in many different shapes and sizes. This article will cover how to overcome any challenges.
Whatever life throws at you, you must be ready to stand tall, and to be strong.
You must know how to overcome any challenges that you are faced with. When times are hard you must rise up and take control. This takes humility, commitment, and a heart of fire.
Here are 10 ways to help you overcome any challenges life throws at you:
Identify The Challenge
A challenge is a problem that you know you can overcome. Before you are able to do this, you first need to identify what the challenge is.
Sometimes the challenge will slap you straight in the face; you go the doctor and he tells us you that you have a health issue and need to lose weight for example.
Other times you can feel like life is generally getting tough. This is not true, and there will be a specific challenge that can be identified, something tangible to overcome.
With the challenge firmly identified, the next step is to think of as many solutions as possible.
It is always better to have too many options, than none, or only one. If you only have one solution in your mind then this is going to limit the ways you can solve the problem.
For example, you might think the solution to your good health is to go on a diet, without ever considering that exercise is perhaps equally a good option (hint: it is ;-).
For any given challenge I encourage you to think of as many different feasible solutions as possible.
Remain open to as many as possible as you begin to tackle the challenge.
Sometimes there are times when you might not initially be able to overcome any challenges because you simply do not have the resources needed close to hand. If the challenge is to learn how to play the piano then you might need to gather books, videos, a teacher, and have access to a piano of course!
If you are struggling with bereavement, or with an issue within your own being, then I recommend you should equally consider what resources you need to resolve or deal with the situation at hand.
If your struggling to manage at work, then you may consider approaching your boss to request assistance.
You get the picture.
Resources can include objects, information and knowledge, physical energy, and people.
Ask For Help
If you find you are struggling to overcome any challenges then you should be humble enough to be able to ask for help.
You might enjoy plugging away at something on your own, and this sort of independence is fine, but when you really need help you should not be so stubborn or afraid to ask for it.
Whether this means employing someone, hunting down someone with the expertise to assist, or simply asking friends and family for advice, one resource is stronger than all others combined, and that is people.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Rarely does someone become a master of their life, or of anything, by sitting around doing nothing.
To overcome any challenges, any challenge, requires practice.
You have to be able to want to get better, and to put your ego aside for long enough to accept that there is always room for improvement in whatever you do.
Some challenges are not predictable, and you can’t plan for them; in which case, there may not be any time to practice.
If the challenge involves learning a skill, or advancing your career, then you WILL succeed, through practice.
Failure Is Not Defeat
Every successful person has experienced some form of failure. What I mean by this is that they have tried something and it has not worked out to plan.
But failure does not mean defeat.
It is a lesson of what not to do next time, a process of learning by trial and error.
Failure is somewhat inevitable in that respect.
What is important is to pull through and give it a shot.
The aim is to overcome any challenges, and whilst it is satisfying when you get something right first time around, this is not generally the norm.
Try, try and try again until results start to show.
During challenging times you must take time to stop to think about whether or not you are making progress, what is working, and whether you still desire the outcome of the challenge.
Reflection helps you to check in with yourself and your goals.
Consider Another Route
Remember all of those other options you brainstormed earlier?
Well if you find yourself bashing your head against a brick wall in the hope of getting past perhaps it is time to look for an alternative route.
If your persistence is not paying off, and you are not getting any closer to overcoming any challenges, then it may be time to take to plan B, C, or D.
Stay In The Moment
A challenge can quickly become a pain in the brain if you do not stay in the moment, especially when the end is not in sight.
If you are struggling to visualize finishing your challenge, focus on the next steps you need to take and take it step by step. For example, if you expect your project take six months and one month in, you look at everything you still need to do to complete the project, your mind will simply be blown away.
Goals are achieved through day to day action, which in turn is achieved by minute to minute action, which is in turn achieved through moment to moment action.
Commitment Is Key
The very idea of a challenge implies something that will be difficult to overcome. It is going to take time, energy and commitment.
Stick at it, be flexible, and work hard.
Nobody said it was going to be easy!
Commit to the challenge to feel the results and then you will have what it takes to overcome any challenges life throws at you.