Challenges are part of life and something we can all expect to encounter at one point or another during our lifetime. Be they are of a professional or personal nature,some challenges can be extremely intimidating leaving us feeling completely powerless as they are enough to make us question both our sanity and ability to overcome them.
How to overcome challenges in your life
Challenges possess the ability to make or break us depending on how we react to them and choose to handle them.They can help build character, strengthen our fortitude and often shine down a light on what we are truly made of when it is all said and done.
10 Ways to Conquer Challenges
We all handle challenges differently; some of us choose to embrace and face them head on while others cower at their presence; whatever our positions, we all wish to conquer them and eradicate them from our lives altogether. The following are simple methods and strategies I believe we can all employ to conquer challenges more effectively:
1. Head On
Nike couldn’t have said it any better with their slogan, “just do it!” Some challenges require us to do just that; grab the bull by its horns, stare it dead in the face, and have courage in the presence of fear in our attempt to conquer them no matter how unsure of ourselves we might feel.Depending on their significance and urgency, some challenges require our immediate action and attention, leaving us with very little time to dilly dally or waste in our attempt to try to figure things out.
2. Seek Counsel
Challenges have the potential to throw curve balls our way that can leave us feeling vulnerable and“paralyzed” in life. People who have experienced similar challenges have the ability to offer us sage advice and different perspectives or insights we may not have overlooked and would never have considered that can prove beneficial in helping us conquer our challenges.
3. Educate Ourselves
The reason some issues prove to be challenges for us might well be because we aren’t well versed in them thereby limiting our ability and knowledge on how to conquer them. The internet, books, forums, etc. offer platforms through which we can research and learn about topics that relate to the challenges we experience and discover solutions to them. Knowledge is definitely power and essential in conquering anything.
4. Adapt a Different Strategy
Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting to get a different result. When it comes to conquering some challenges we have to be flexible and not allow ourselves to be one track-minded or bent on doing what we have always done in the past. We need to be open to trying different approaches, methods and suggestions that can help us achieve the desired result we seek and offer a new way of conquering the challenge in question.
5. Be Persistent
Bulldog tenacity is required to accomplish anything and more so when it comes to overcoming challenges. No matter how difficult our challenges might prove to be, we have to be willing to push through and try again and again until we achieve victory over them. Giving up should never be an option because in doing so, we allow our challenges to conquer us instead of vice versa.
6. Dedication and commitment
We need to develop a “whatever it takes attitude” when it comes to conquering our challenges otherwise the probably of giving up at the onset of resistance or when things don’t go according to plan exists. Being dedicated and committed to conquering our challenges allows us to maintain both direction and focus and helps us stay on course even when throwing in the towel and our hands up in the air seems like the most sensible thing to do.
7. One Step at a Time
Some challenges can be overwhelming and seem insurmountable due to their magnitude. Breaking up challenges into sizeable, manageable bits and developing a step by step plan that allows us to tackle each segment makes it easier to conquer challenges as it makes them appear less daunting. Let go of the need to achieve instant results and allow your victories to build upon each other. Conquering one challenge gives you the confidence that you can conquer the rest.
8. Ask for Help
There are times when we can’t go it alone and require the help of others to help us conquer whatever challenges we face. It is said that two heads are better than one and that there is strength in numbers. Networking with like-minded individuals who can not only offer us support, solutions and suggestions but have some expertise in the matter as well is instrumental in helping us conquer challenges.
9. Wait it out
Although some challenges might make us feel backed into a corner and anxious, they also leave us with no option but to wait for a more opportune time to present itself that would better allow us to tackle and conquer them. There may be instances when we need to wait for certain variables such as people, circumstances and situations to better align themselves with what we seek to accomplish thereby making factors more favorable to our success. Being still is at times called for as forging forward prematurely would be detrimental to our success.
10. Let it go
Letting go by no means calls for us to wave the white flag but rather to surrender our need to control the outcome and instead place our trust in the process while believing that everything happens for a reason and that things will pan out as they should. Less resistance allows for natural flow and ease. Things sometimes have a way of working themselves out when we surrender to something greater than ourselves. Often times in letting go, we are able to receive guidance on how to conquer our challenges that we may not have been initially open to or able to receive in our “busy-ness” of trying to fix things.
No matter what challenges we encounter, we can rest assured that with determination and the right attitude we can not only conquer them but overcome them as well.