Overcoming Obstacles: 5 Tactics to Come Out on Top

Overcoming Obstacles: 5 Tactics to Come Out on Top

Your life can instantly change at any moment. Difficulties, whether big or small, will present themselves suddenly and without warning. It’s how you deal with an obstacle that dictates if, and how well, you will overcome a situation. Learning to expect the unexpected and to methodically confront problems will increase the likelihood of having a positive outcome, securing confidence in overcoming future impediments.

Life is not always fair. Bad things seem to happen to good people – a lot. It’s the universes way of pushing the good to be even better and more capable than before. Making sure that you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way is an important skill to have in order to become a stronger individual, both physically and mentally.

Find five useful tactics to overcome obstacles below:

3 Things You Should Never Sacrifice

3 Things You Should Never Sacrifice

Somehow, life seems to have a way of completely engulfing you in it’s wrath, wrapping itself tightly around you until you no longer have a baseline understanding of normalcy, your wants or your needs. How did we, as a society, get to this point? More and more is expected from us, with less and less sympathy when you don’t deliver. Sacrifice in the name of achievement and outwardly appearances is now the name of the game – whether you like it or not.

I cannot count the number of times that I have heard someone say that you must make sacrifices to get ahead. While this is totally true – you can’t sleep all day and expect to design the next Facebook – it has also been taken to a new level. There are stories of people being worked to death, being so miserable with their lives that they can’t find a reason to live any longer. Why are you even living your life if you don’t enjoy it at all? That may seem like pretty basic question, but the answer can be tough if you’ve given up so much and have received nothing in return. There needs to be balance.

It all comes down to identifying the key components of your life that you are absolutely not willing to sacrifice – no matter what. Though everyone may have some different opinions – perhaps someone values their time at home and isn’t willing to sit in an office all day or another person is willing to lay everything on the line for that one shot to make it big – we all have commonalities in our basic wants and needs in life. It really all comes down the choice. The choices we can make and the choices we can’t. We need to be the ones in charge of our lives, our destinies. No one else. We need to be the ones making choices that affect ourselves.

This may appear straightforward on the surface, but people completely neglect these simple things each and every day – putting themselves after everyone else. Check out the three things that you should never sacrifice in any part of your life:

7 Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

7 Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

That time of year has come again – New Years, when people seemingly commit to a plethora of resolutions and life changing actions that they generally will never keep. From weight loss to kicking an old habit, resolutions run the gamut. What ties them together, at least in the conventional realm of thought, is that the vast majority of those resolutions will never actually see end results. According to the University of Scranton, only about eight percent of people actually keep their resolutions.

With such dim statistics, you might be asking yourself why you would even make resolutions in the first place. Well, the basic concept of New Years resolutions is actually a really good idea. People need a marker in their lives – a point at which they can definitively say that they will make positive changes. The beginning of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to try new things, improve habits or push yourself to a new level. It offers a new beginning, free of the challenges and impediments of the previous year.

But there is one catch. You have to be willing to work hard, to sacrifice certain things and be open to new ideas. It’s a balancing game. Change never comes easily. If you are committed and really do want to make a transformation, regardless of how big or how small, there are a few simple things you can do to stay on track. Check out these seven tips that will help you keep your New Years resolutions this year:

10 Reasons Why Rejection Isn’t Always Bad

10 Reasons Why Rejection Isn’t Always Bad

Though it’s tough to get people to agree on many things in this world, there is one thing we all hate – rejection. Admittedly or not, we’ve faced rejection many times throughout our lives. Being turned down by a potential employer, blown off by friends or given the cold shoulder by a possible love interest can be the absolute worst feeling in the world. Rejection often conjures up some of the darkest and most self-doubting feelings we have as human beings. You feel like you’ll never be what that other person wants you to be. You feel like you aren’t good enough.

We are oftentimes so focused on the negative aspects of rejection that we neglect to look at the good things it may yield in our lives. Yes, the essence of rejection means that you didn’t get something you wanted. But is it always a bad thing? Take a look back at your life five years ago. Think about any rejections you faced at that time. How did they make you feel? Did they lead you to where you are today?

Whether you realize it or not, the decisions you make today, by choice or by force, will influence your life down the road. That’s just the way life works. While rejection feels horrible when it is happening, it usually serves a greater purpose. That rejection can lead you down a path you wouldn’t have explored before or it can let you discover a new passion. It serves its purpose in the greater scheme of life. It brought you to where you are and guides you to where you are going. Check out these 10 reasons why rejection isn’t always a bad thing:

12 Thoughts That Will Bring Clarity in Dark Times

12 Thoughts That Will Bring Clarity in Dark Times

When the cloud of melancholy descends on your life, which happens to all of us from time to time, it’s important to remember that the despair is only temporary. Though this is hard to do when you are in the moment, it’s a vital cornerstone in coming out of whatever hardship you face as a better version of yourself.

Bad things will always happen, there is nothing you can do to control that. What you can control is your attitude towards them and how you deal with each situation. Maintaining a balanced sense of good and bad, right and wrong, and positive and negative provides the leverage needed to propel you out of any troubles.

As C.W. Lewis once said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Check out these 20 thoughts that will help bring light and clarity to your life during difficult times:

Feel Like There’s Never Enough Time? Stop the Busyness

Feel Like There’s Never Enough Time? Stop the Busyness

Your alarm clock starts beeping. You roll over and see the time – 6 a.m. Hurriedly, you rush out of bed, into the shower, watch the morning news and brush your hair, all while throwing together a quick breakfast and lunch. Running out the door – almost late – you think of everything you have to do that day. You sigh and think, “why is there never enough time in the day?”

I know each and every person reading this has felt like this at one time or another (or even every single day). Our days seem jam-packed. We are unable to complete everything on our to-do list, let alone barely scrap by. Why? What’s happened that has made us so darn busy?

We have the same 24 hours as everyone else in this world has had before us and will have after us. People who have achieved great things for humanity have done their work within that 24-hour constraint. Yet, we seemingly struggle with it day in and day out. You try and try to get things done as quickly as possible, but before you know it you look up at the clock and see it’s already 7 p.m.

8 Indicators That You’re Settling in Life

8 Indicators That You’re Settling in Life

There comes a point in most people’s lives that they can either look back and see how far they’ve come over a specified period of time, or they feel like they’ve missed their target completely. As humans, we naturally crave comfort and stability – two things that were the cornerstones of survival eons ago. These days, people are able to push their boundaries a little further, exploring unknown places or ideas, or even forging a new path. Others get stuck in that same comfort and stability that humans have been drawn to for thousands of years. And that’s how people settle in life.

Settling isn’t a bad thing per say. Some people would rather have that comfort and stability to fall back on, not having to concern themselves with consistently searching for that feeling from another source. Others have grand dreams for themselves and those around them, but somehow get drawn back to the warm and safe light, unable to move forward. The problem lies when people want to move forward, but are continually drawn back by another force, whether internal or external. Then they settle. They settle for what’s in front of them, settle for comfort and settle for stability. Their dreams and ideals are left behind, yet remain a thought in the back of their minds.

When you settle in life, whether it is in a job, relationship or other endeavor, you aren’t living up to your fullest potential. If you want to be all that you can be, you sometimes have to be a little uncomfortable or a little unsure before you reach the next step. The first step in moving to that next step is realizing that you, in fact, are settling for mediocrity.

Never settle, unless that is what you truly, deep down, want for yourself. You have an exponential level of potential. Put it to work. Use it on a daily basis. These 8 signs and indicators can you help see if you are settling in life. Check them out below: