“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming those things you once thought you couldn’t do!”
This weekend I wanted to talk a little about how overcoming challenges is really what makes us who we are. I am sure you have heard this many times before, but have you ever sat down and written down those things that you have gone through (you know, the ones where you weren’t sure if you were actually going to make it or not), with the sole purpose of looking at them in retrospect? I have found that many, many things don’t make sense to me when I am going through them, but as I look backwards things become clearer, I realize that I am actually stronger and that I have actually made it!
At this point in January there are going to be a lot of resolutions that have already been pushed aside because we’re too busy or life has just happened. It’s ok, if this is true of you, you’re definitely not alone, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up too much. But, if you really are looking to make 2018 YOUR year…here’s something you can do to help make that happen…
As I talked about earlier, writing down the amazing things you have survived, worked through and learned from is fabulous, but what if you took it one step further…
What if, instead of just acknowledging those things, what if you really thought about how they made you better. For example, has one of your experiences taught you patience, are you better equipped to handle “certain types of people”, or even are you more determined and stronger than you have ever been before. All of these skills are things that can be harnessed to help you be more successful and happy this year.
Whatever your experiences, looking for a silver lining of some way you grew or learned is the best way to grow.
And remember, breathe, you may be having a hard day, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a hard life!