Struggling is part of human life whether we like it or not. There are many things that we struggle with whether it be relationships, motivation, illnesses, finances, professions, you get the point. In every area of our life – despite being the amazing rockstars that we are – we are going to struggle to some extent.
If you allow them to, your struggles are going to suck every ounce of enjoyment and happiness from your life. But on the contrary, if you can embrace your struggles and learn from your struggles, you will be able to achieve far more in life than you could have ever imagined.
Facing Your Struggles
In a recent article that I published, I talked about the need for everyone to embrace their struggles. It is only when we embrace our struggles that we will be able to overcome our weaknesses, find new skills required to overcome these weaknesses, and to become a better individual as a result of doing so.
Part of me left wondering How? How can you embrace your struggles before they consume your every thought? What are some of the ways to embrace your struggles before they embrace you? How can you break free from your struggles and actually start living the life that you envision for yourself?
That’s why I want to share with you 5 ways to embrace your struggles before they embrace you. These are some of the strategies that I have implemented into my life, and while my life is far from perfect (and it never will be), every day is only getting better and better.
5 Ways To Embrace Your Struggles Before The Embrace You
1. Acknowledge your struggles.
The first step to embracing any struggle is to first admit and acknowledge the fact that you are struggling. When you admit that you are struggling, only then will you be able to find the internal strength that is required to work towards overcoming your struggles. If you are unwilling to acknowledge and admit your struggles, you are going to continue to live in a state of denial.
What’s more is that acknowledging your fears also helps you to understand what your greatest weaknesses are so that you can then start making the improvements needed in order to overcome these weaknesses. You are never going to make improvements if you don’t know what you need to improve on in the first place.
2. Learn from your mistakes.
This is where you have to choose to see the glass half full instead of half empty. This means that instead of focusing on all that could potentially go wrong, start focusing on what could go right.
With everything that we do, we are going to make mistakes. If we don’t make mistakes, then we simply aren’t trying hard enough. But where many of us go wrong is that we choose to look at our mistakes as a way of failure instead of seeing our mistakes as a way to learn and to grow from the individual that we are into the individual that we want to become.
Making mistakes doesn’t mean that we are failures. It actually means quite the exact opposite. Making mistakes means that we are challenging ourselves, that we are pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, and that we are trying to become the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be.
3. Remove negativity from your mind.
Memories and experiences of your past can often leave you with a negative image in your mind. Maybe you have been teased and bullied by your peers, not accepted by your family, fired from your dream job, or any other difficult situation. As hard as it might be, you need to remove any negative thought or any negative past experience from your mind.
It’s human instinct to want to avoid conflict or anything that is going to cause us to break out of our comfort zone, but if we want to progress in life and become a better and stronger version of ourselves, then we need to be willing to do so.
In order to overcome your fears, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to remove all negative emotions that you are attached to. If you fail, then you fail. If you make mistakes, then you make mistakes. If you are judged, then you are judged. But if you never try, you will never know what you could have achieved.
4. Reflect on your strengths.
So often we are quick to judge our weaknesses and allow our weaknesses to determine our fate that we completely forget to acknowledge and recognize our strengths. The truth is, each and every single one of us has achieved far more in life than we give ourselves credit for.
When you only focus on your weaknesses, you get stuck in this mindset of never being enough or never being capable of enough. The longer you remain in this mindset, the harder it becomes to embrace and overcome even the simplest of struggles.
5. Ask others for help.
If you find yourself struggling, you need to ask for help. Plain and simple.
There are many others out there who have gone through similar struggles as the ones you are currently experiencing who would love to help guide you in the right direction. You just need to be willing to ask for that help.
We often get so fixated on our own perception that we fail to realize how many possibilities exist out there. We are not always right, but we often close our minds off to only our own perspectives and thoughts.
If you look at the most successful individuals in the world, you will see that they rarely become successful by sticking to their own ignorant ways. Instead, they find success through collaborating with one another, through sharing ideas and values, and by being open to possibilities in which they have never thought of previously. They have a growth mindset, which allows them to grow at a far more rapid pace than somebody who is stuck in a fixed mindset.
Bottom line, the next time you find yourself struggling, let go of your ego and ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help. If you want to become the best version of you that you can possibly be, then asking others for help is mandatory.
Nobody wants to struggle, but the only way that we are going to struggle less is to embrace our struggles and work towards overcoming them. It may not be easy, but there is no other option that will help us to grow as an individual.
Who cares if you fail, who cares if you fall, and who cares if you struggle. You are you, and that is your greatest strength. At least you can say that you are giving yourself the chance to live the best life that you can.