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:
Our lives are composed of a series of events, interactions and experiences that make us into the person we are today. We may not realize it right now, but what we do today, tomorrow, next week or next year can completely change the course of our lives. You don’t comprehend the significance of everything until you reflect on your life in hindsight.
I was reading Steve Jobs’ infamous commencement address the other day and it made me really think about the way life works. In that speech, he says, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
As you are living your life, it seems like a bunch of unrelated things happen to you on a daily basis. In actuality, everything that happens has a purpose and a meaning, whether you realize it at the time or not. Down the road, things that happen today will slowly take their place in the bigger picture. Things that don’t make sense right now will begin to make sense. Things that seem bad today may not appear so bad in a year. It’s all dependent on how the dots are connected. By that, I mean how each event, situation or interaction comes together to form something bigger than itself.
Life is a complicated maze that can be tough to navigate. Knowing that everything happens for a reason and that things will eventually connect together and make sense should provide you with a sense of comfort and understanding. Check out these nine steps to connect the dots in your life:
Last week, I wrote about key thoughts successful people have every day, and how those thoughts contribute to their ability to consistently achieve their goals and dreams. When I finished writing that post, I realized that the same concept really applies to many different areas of life – including the mindset that propel people to live happy lives. Your mindset makes all the difference.
Happiness begins with your thoughts and attitude towards the world around you. When you wake up and face each morning, do you do it out of dread or excitement for what the day will bring? That approach, which you may not even consciously realize you are taking, dictates your how you feel about your life course. It all starts with you. You control your happiness. You control your life.
Happy people share many common qualities, including a positive mindset and outlook on life. Check out these 9 thoughts happy people have daily, which contribute to their overall contentment:
As technology has supposedly simplified our lives, it has, in fact, made us even busier than before. The constant connection leaves us with no time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, putting our minds on full throttle 24/7. More and more people are stretched too thin, without proper time or energy to devote to themselves, their interests and their needs. That’s a recipe for emotional and mental disaster.
There is a solution. Simplify your life. Every facet can be streamlined in some shape or form, bringing you back to a type of living that you once only dreamed of. Living a humble life will allow you to focus your thoughts and attention on what is intrinsically important to you without all of the superficial noise. Check out “Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter.”
These 6 simple techniques will help you to begin simplifying your life today:
Challenges are a part of our existence. They will appear in our lives. How quickly we move past them is totally dependent on the steps we take from the moment we realize we are being faced with an issue. The moves we make in attempting to overcome a challenge are vital in successfully tackling it and putting it behind you.
Though they may not be something we look forward to taking care of, challenges usually provide a learning experience on a steep curve that you wouldn’t be afforded in any other situation. You can learn how to deal with stress, gain new skills or become a stronger human being. It can be difficult to handle when you are actively trying to beat it, but, in the end, it can be a valuable learning experience. Again, it all depends on how you approach the challenge in the first place.
In order to take an active position when a challenge presents itself, you must have a consistent and clear plan of attack. You have to know what you are dealing with, what the possible outcomes are and how you intend to overcome any issues. In that process, you’ll definitely learn a lot about yourself and those around you. Challenges weren’t meant to be easy. They were meant to make you more able and capable than before. In need of a little guidance while dealing with a big challenge? Check out these 6 vital questions to ask yourself when facing a challenge:
There is danger around every corner. No matter how “safe” you think you are living your life, there is always the possibility of something jeopardizing your carefully laid plans. That’s just the way it goes. Once you’ve come to accept that fact, you can begin to realize that some risks, even if they seem scary or dangerous, are totally worth it.
It’s all about weighing the cost of your decision against the benefit. It’s dependent on the person and type of risk. What is right for you is probably not right for someone else. Is the possible benefit far better than the risk that is incurred trying to achieve said benefit? You must be willing to lose whatever is on the line for that one shot. It’s a careful balancing act – one that must be viewed through the individual lens of each person. Some risks have the potential to drastically impact our lives, usually for the better if they work out. That’s the end goal.
Whatever the situation is, you must consider the probability and potential cost of a risk. It’s all in your hands, but there are some risks that play a pivotal role in changing or enhancing our current quality of life. Check out these seven risks that are worth taking today:
Things don’t always go according to plan. Roadblocks cause delays and can completely redirect trips. Unfortunately, that’s just the way things work out sometimes. You can plan and plan, but you can’t do anything about what is out of your control.
The reality of life can be tough. Really tough. Opportunities don’t always pan out, relationships aren’t always from a fairytale and people don’t always have the best intentions. If you face everyday thinking that you couldn’t possibly be confronted with hardships in a matter of hours, or minutes, you are completely mistaken. Things change quickly. It’s important to be armed with the proper tools and demeanor to actively confront the challenging realities of life.
It’s how you deal with those realities that demonstrate you how strong you really are. No matter what you think, everyone has the ability to overcome hardships and rough experiences.
These 5 tough realities are a fact of life. Find out how to cope with them here: