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8 Guidelines to Get Through Challenging Times

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8 Guidelines to Get Through Challenging Times
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." ~Charles Swindoll I've recently dealt with numerous challenges that range from the ridiculous to the life-threatening. I've had friends telling me they "can't bear to hear any more" about illness, financial loss, and an array of physical and emotional accidents that have broken parts of me, but not all.

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Assert your goals

Assert your goals

When things seem to go bad, realize that there are always other options. And then assert exactly what you want for yourself.

Assert it to yourself, the people who support you, and the world. This is the first step in creating a life you’ll feel passionate about.

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Focus on what’s working

Focus on what’s working

Stop dwelling on everything you think your life lacks. Negativity is not constructive.

We don’t have to live in the shadow of what could have been if we shine a light on what’s working to allow it to grow.

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Take action

Take action

Do all that you can do in a day. This means using the time you have effectively with each passing day.

Avoid setting unrealistic expectations for yourself about what you can do in a day - you may end feeling bad and disappointed.

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Create balance

Create balance
  • Take the time to do things for yourself on a daily basis: learn a new language, walk, dance, listen to music, etc.
  • Take the time to do things for the people you love. Give and enjoy it. You’ll feel better for it, and more useful.

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Do something you fear

Do something you fear

It can be as small as phoning someone you don’t want to talk to or as big as speaking in front of a crowd. 

Let that fear become the positive energy that moves you forward.

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Release

Release

Sometimes letting go and redirecting your attention elsewhere can be the most useful action to take.

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Be Grateful

Be Grateful

Look back on your day and highlight five things that made it brighter: people, experiences, realizations. 

Also, remember to thank the people who have supported you.

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Improve on yesterday

Improve on yesterday

Do something that will make today better than what’s come before.

Present tense and positive communication leads to progress.

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