How to overcome difficulties?
As an individual, you are continually faced with challenges, difficulties and temporary setbacks. They are an unavoidable part of being human. By learning how to manage stress and respond with a positive attitude to each challenge, you’ll grow as a person and start moving forward in life. In fact, without those setbacks, you could not have learned what you need to know and develop the qualities of your character.
Much of your ability to succeed comes from the way you deal with life and manage stress. There are natural tendency in all of us to react emotionally when our expectations are frustrated in any way. When something we wanted and hoped for fails, we feel a temporary sense of disappointment and unhappiness.
How to manage stress with a positive attitude?
Since your conscious mind can hold only one thought at a time, either positive or negative, if you choose positive thoughts, you keep your mind optimistic. Your thoughts and feeling determine your actions. You will tend to be a more constructive person and you will start moving forward, more rapidly towards the goals that you have chosen. Encourage yourself to respond to problem by changing your language from negative to positive. Instead of using the word ‘problem’ use the word ‘situation’. Even better than situation and inherently positive is the word ‘challenge’. Whenever you have a difficulty, immediately reframe it. Rather than saying ‘I have a problem’ say ‘I have an interesting challenge facing me’. It is the same situation, only the word that you are using to describe it is different. When you say ‘I am faced with an unexpected opportunity’ you start concentrate your powers on finding out what that opportunity is. Even if it is only a valuable lesson, you will certainly find it.
4 steps to maintain the positive attitude and manage stress:
- Remember that no matter what happens, you are able to resolve it. Take a deep breath, relax and look for whatever good the situation may contain.
- Neutralise any negative thoughts or emotions by speaking to yourself positively all the time. Say things like ‘I feel happy!’, ‘I feel terrific!’. Whatever you say to yourself or others is impressed deeply into your subconscious mind.
- Your grow and success depends on you. Welcome each difficulty by saying ‘That is good!’ and then look into the situation to find the good in it.
- Finally, see your goal clearly and start moving forward in life. When things go wrong temporarily, respond by saying ‘I believe in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life’. Resolve to maintain a positive attitude, be cheerful, be the best version of yourself. View each situation as an opportunity to grow stronger.