Survival comes in many forms: you can survive a hard setback, like bankruptcy or a lost job, to even hard, life-enduring health problems. But as all survivors know, there are many challenges that you have to face head-on. With self-doubt and physical barriers challenging your abilities to succeed, how can you move towards self-improvement?
Here's the top ways you can survive any type of hard event.
- Find a purpose. Everyone lives for a purpose, but not everyone will actually live up to it. Without a purpose, it's easy to succumb to feelings of frustration or loss when you can't find meaning for your life. You can overcome any obstacle or setback if you stay focused on your life's purpose. It could be anything, from supporting or spending time with your family, to realizing a life-long dream of travel. Remind yourself everyday of this dream, and work through all types of obstacles to realize it.
- Let it go. There are things that drain our energy and concentration, even things that lurk in our subconscious. For example, it could be the grudges you hold from high school, or that time a person cut in front of you in line earlier today. It's time to assess why we hold on to these lingering, negative feelings, and just let it go. They take up too much of our time and require unnecessary mental and emotional work. Instead, take care of yourself by taking it easy, focusing on well being, and seeking positive work. By going with the flow and forgiving the past, you can be more emotionally in control.
- Love your life. Even if you're moving through a tough time, there are many things you can do to enjoy your life. We are all blessed with various gifts, from having a supporting family, a roof over our heads, or a great group of friends who support and challenge us. Learn to love whatever life gives you, even if it feels like it's not enough. Do things that add value and appreciation in your life--like volunteering, joining a club, learning a new skill--and cut out those things that don't.
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