“Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
When challenges come your way, what do you “c”? Do you see an impassable boulder in your way or a chance to open your mind and strengthen your character as you come up with an out of the box solution? Let’s face it, life will always bring challenges our way. It does not matter where you are in life – single, married, divorced, kids at home, empty nest, working full time, working part time, recently fired, or starting a new business. Challenges are part of life, but too often we are quick to label them as failures and give up.
So, if you are in the midst of a challenge, have just come through one, or are headed toward one, here are 4 ways to “c” your way through to the other side.
1. Commit to yourself.
Take a moment and remind yourself who you are and why you do what you do everyday. This should include revisiting goals you have, aspirations in life, and who you want to become. It really does have to deeply matter to you in order for you to make what you would like to become reality.
2. Communicate with others.
If you are part of a team (which all of us are in some way), begin communicating with them about the challenges that you face. This could include your spouse, family, or even a mastermind group. We have a tendency to turn inward and beat ourselves up when things are not going well. Stay in touch with others and be an encouragement. I have heard it said that “Encouragement is lotion for the sunburns of the soul”, so do not escape from the people who care about you.
3. Celebrate the positive!
Celebrate every positive thing no matter how small or how big it is. Share the wins you have had with your family and friends and do not minimize any win. Maybe your 5 year goal is to be debt free and working full time in your own business. If you take even a tiny step such as applying an extra $5 to your debt every week, then you should celebrate that! That small habit will compound over time and bring about an ever greater success, so praise yourself for it.
4. Count on yourself to be accountable.
If we are trying to be more than we have been and to find our best fit for a career in life, then we must become accountable people. We must be people who show up on time and are true to our commitment to ourselves, our family, and our friends.
So if you feel that you have failed and are having a difficult time moving past the failure, I hope that these will encourage you to “c” your way to a better and brighter day, my friends. Never give up on your dreams. You can do it!
Go find your fit!