“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”-Henry Ford
Let’s be honest, it is never easy to just be positive about everything going on around us. Right now, for whatever reason, we have a vacuum inside us of fear, guilt, regret, disappointment, or nostalgia for something better than what we currently have. But here’s the thing, there are two types of people in this world: those who nurture the emotions until they learn to live with the (growing) weight, or those who turn those emotions into stepping stones to something bigger and better. Contrary to popular belief, there is no middle ground—you either embrace life or slowly sabotage it by cultivating negativity.
But that’s the thing with difficulty; it pushes us and tests us until we learn the value of strength and perseverance. We may not always have the same amount of faith in a situation that it will soon dissolve into something more in favor of us, but we do have a say in the amount of faith we have in ourselves to overcome. You might be studying for an important exam, or battling a really nasty writer’s block to finish an article due the next day; we all have varying challenges in life, but our ability to believe in ourselves dictate whether or not we will be able to surpass anything that comes our way. There is no equation or step-by-step procedure, but I do have three things I always have in mind whenever I’m faced with a challenge: Simplify, Thrive, and Overcome.
More often than not, we spend too much time lingering on a problem than actually solving it. We allow the problem to consume us that we drown in the first stage of the challenge. Think of it as your favorite mobile game app, you know you can pause your game whenever you feel like it, but that doesn’t mean the game will progress. You have to un-pause it. And the only way to get to the next level is to essentially play the game. So, just simplify. Face your problem head on by dissecting everything to the bits and pieces that will help you understand how to better solve the dilemma.
Whenever we face a challenge, we think of it as another hurdle, dent, or hump we need to get over. But that in itself is the problem. To thrive is to decide for yourself that you will solve this problem not merely to survive, but to be a better person after. Don’t allow a challenge to define or destroy you, allow it to strengthen you.
This is probably my second favorite word next to faith. There’s nothing quite like that peak of pain and suffering, followed by the bliss of overcoming a challenge you never knew you could transcend. There’s nothing like learning a new skill, pulling a new source of strength, or battling (and winning) a fear you’ve always had. To overcome is to put that faith into action that you will conquer and transform into a person much bigger than what you thought you could become.
Will it be difficult? Absolutely. Will it be worth it? Definitely.