When Times Get Tough

Do you ever have days when it seems like nothing is working? No matter how hard you work, you feel like you’re spinning your wheels? What should have taken a few hours, now has taken up your whole day? And still no results? Frustration sets in, and you feel like you’re dead in the water? Those days are rough, but luckily few and far between.

This is when it’s time to stop and regroup. There are going to be days like this. It’s just life, but you can’t let that stop you from doing what it is you have to do. Days when things aren’t going right, are the days that you have to find something else to do. Yes, there are deadlines, and there are going to be times when it’s imperative that you finish. But let’s be real: you can’t beat a dead horse. So stop trying.

Clearing your head and giving yourself some space can be the answer. If things are falling apart around you, now is not the time to make a rash decision. It’s also not the time to give up. Finding balance is going to be difficult, but will help you to regroup. When things aren’t going right, now is the time to stop and take stock. Not of what’s going wrong, but what’s going right. What can you deal with and handle in this moment? If it’s getting up from your computer, walking away from an argument, or leaving work early: do it. There’s nothing worse than being unproductive and heightening your stress level.

Stop living in the “what if” world, and start participating in the “I can do this” reality of your present situation. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. Some of the worst situations can actually be a breakthrough that you never thought was possible. The worst mistakes of your life can get you back on a path that you might have been derailed from for a long time. You’d be surprised at how many people have to go through something devastating and destructive to get to something extraordinary. Life is full of hills and valleys. But, it’s also has majestic mountain tops.

Just like it takes time to get back on your feet when life kicks you while you’re down. It will also raise you up, when you get up. The very thing that holds you back, will be the same thing that pushes you forward towards your destiny. Embrace the challenge, and appreciate a difficult journey. You’ll become better for it, and you’ll  be proud of yourself when it’s all over. The feeling that you not only handled it, but overcame it will never leave you. Keep in mind that there are those watching that are highly invested in seeing you win, and believe in you. Show them that you can. The strength earned in adversity is the best reward you will ever receive.

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