“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”–Walt Disney
When we reach out to our own life for a change, we’ve invited challenge! Nothing worth having always comes at a cost. How we receive that challenge will dictate how quickly we get through to the change we seek.
You can say the mountain is too high or you can summit see what’s on the other side! It’s our choice.
Begin, go, start, move, get going right now today. Don’t think, do!!!
“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”–Jim Rohn
When you dissect most obstacles in our lives chances are the solution is simple, change!
Our problem with this simple solution is ourselves. We’re going to overthink, stress, doubt, fear, procrastinate, and run scared. Why??? Because we’ve conditioned ourselves to accept the bad.
Changing old paradigms is a struggle that is worth every bit of pain you may or may not experience. Condition yourself that life will be remarkable, even when NOTHING is suggesting that. Hold onto faith AWESOME LIFE.
Faith in a positive outcome will carry you through to success. Learn to believe in the face of adversity, and you will win!
Yes, friends, I can hear you saying “have you ever had a Cinnabon?” Of course, I have who hasn’t but and this is a big but, challenges mean HUGE change is coming!
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”–Eleanor Roosevelt
Challenges have drug me through change that feels like rolling down a briar patch hill at full speed. Bruises, cuts, stickers and a BIG owe damnit. If you’re like me, sometimes we fight change because of old habits and paradigms we need to shed like a snakeskin.
When you learn to embrace challenges life opens up in a whole new way. An easy analogy would be beginning a diet. At first, it’s a real challenge to put down a Soda, put down the ice cream bowl, put down a big juicy hamburger. It takes a reconditioning of our mindset to conquer this challenge. Willpower is tested to the nth degree.
Often we cave into temptation because of the pain of change at that moment is too high. Until we overcome that challenge to our will, we continue to struggle.
Here is how I overcome challenges that in the beginning maybe painful. Most change for a brief time is painful, just saying!
Resolve yourself to the fact that on the other side of this change, is that which you truly desire. Meditate on the end result daily, multiple times daily if needed.
Keep faith in your heart. Hope that you can do that which you desire.
Any discomfort is temporary. Change does not take the balance of your life to achieve. Really, you can’t take a month or two to make a notable lasting difference in your life? Come on!
No matter how dim it looks, how challenging it becomes never lose hope.
Make time every day to focus solely on the challenge and overcome fears that surround it.
Some will say easier said than done. Agreed!
If you don’t overcome fear, overcome pain, then nothing will change. You have to want it bad enough, the discomfort is temporary.
When challenge rears its head, you can be sure the enemy is behind this. The enemy does not want you to win. Don’t cave in! On the other side of this is the life God has for you. Nothing worth having comes without a price.
The price you pay when you successfully navigate to the other side of the challenge you will tell yourself “I would have endured a thousand times more to have what I have achieved today.”
Giving up is a bad habit to a temporary problem. Make the choice with me today, that giving up or giving in is no longer an option in your life! God bless.
The real monkey wrench is most folks are not. Happy is some now-and-again thing. Happy is a choice we get to make every waking moment of life. Happy, or sad it’s our decision.
A choice to be happy, yes I can hear so many screaming “I want to be happy you as@ but I can’t” because of this or that. YES, dear friends, you can make a choice to be happy in the middle of adversity! You only need some tools to draw from.
With a bit of reconditioning ourselves, we can learn to smile in the midst of adversity. No, I am not saying you should say “Oh boy I just lost my relationship to a cheating so-and-so.” What I am suggesting is the response could be something more “thank God this person is out of my life to make room for someone who is right for me.”
How we internalize our pain will determine if we live depressed or we live with a free heart. Easier said than done you say? Not if you recondition yourself for happiness. How you say?
Let’s see, this is in no particular order:
Meditate daily. Learn to meditate to quiet your mind. Your practice will help you find inner peace. Armed with inner peace life’s trials and tribulations will roll off your back.
A spiritual connection with your God, higher power, or whom you call God.
Faith, unwavering faith that no matter how hard you get kicked in the gut. Standing up facing adversity with a power you find when you stay in faith. Knowing in your heart that even if you’re at the brink of destruction, God’s hand will reach in and pull you out. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”– Hebrews 11:1
Gratitude is the cornerstone of life. If you cannot find appreciation, you need a spiritual cleanse. We all can find recognition. If your children woke up this morning healthy, imagine the parents who’s children are fighting for their lives today. If you drove to work, imagine having to ride the bus today in the cold. See my point we all have something to be grateful for! Always!!!
Prayer, make it a part of every day. First, don’t beg “please God just get me through this.” God knows what you need, go to him confess what you need to confess to him. Repent of your sins. Then thank him for the favor he shows in your life. “Thank you, God, for my healing favor” “Thank you God for my financial favor” ” Thank you God for my beautiful relationships.” Talk to God as you would a friend!
Make time for you. This needs to be in the form of a walk outdoors. Get to a park, hiking trail, your neighborhood, just find a place that you can get outside. Why? Walking helps you relieve tension. Further, you can enjoy some fresh air, look around you and experience nature. Get outside yourself, if only for a moment!
These are six things that if you immerse your life into the practice of, you can find happiness. When you learn to relax, let go physically with Yoga, walking, let go emotionally via meditation, prayer, then you can draw happiness at will.
Let go of the past. If you’re hanging onto the past, let that shi^ go! The rear-view mirror gives you a focused view backward. What that means to you, a constant look at the garbage that you need to leave at the dump. There is a reason the front window is big and the rear window is small. What’s ahead of you is FAR more important than what’s behind you!
No matter what your state-of-mind is today. Start! Begin the process of training your noodle to embrace happy. All it takes is retraining our mind to embrace happily. Start right now by throwing your shoulders back, putting a smile on your face and say “today is my day!” Congratulations you took the first step, KEEP GOING!!!