Do you ever wonder why life's challenges seem unique to your set of circumstances?
Often other peoples' solutions don't seem to apply to you.
Doesn't it get frustrating when you run out of places to turn?
You feel alone and can't seem to find the answers.
When the malaise of life happens, there is a place to turn, but it's not where you'd expect.
In this post, I want to show you a method I use that helps me find my way and get back on track.
Entrepreneurs are a funny bunch.
We set huge goals, strive for greatness, and are always looking to tomorrow.
It's no wonder that when we aren't getting to the finish line fast enough, we get upset, frustrated, and depressed.
When your focus is only on tomorrow, and how better life will be "when," it becomes tough to enjoy the now.
The "now" can be full of challenges, bills, debts, family obligations, health issues, and deadlines.
When all of this is piled on you, and your future seems uncertain, you have to pause for a moment and look back.
I know, that sounds in direct opposition to conventional wisdom.
We are taught by the "gurus" to always look forward, never in the rearview mirror.
I am known for saying, jets don't have rearview mirrors.
At times, that advice can be correct, but not 100% of the time.
It's not the correct advice when you are overwhelmed.
When you get stuck, when you feel alone, and entirely out of places to turn, I believe you have to find the solution within yourself by looking back.
When you face the "unbeatable" obstacle, it will take great confidence to overcome it.
The only place to find that confidence is within yourself.
If you believe in God, your confidence comes through the Holy Spirit, but you are not a believer, the confidence comes from within.
In your mind, spirit or soul.
My friend Andy Mason says it like this, think back and find one of your toughest times and then remember how God came through for you.
Again, if you are not a believer, you still came through the circumstance.
Remember the emotions of fear and anxiety you were feeling and then recall how and when that circumstance ended.
It may not have ended the way you thought it would, but you came through it.
Now do it again.
Think of 3 to 5 times in your life when you faced the unbeatable obstacle and describe the entire process from start to finish.
The more detail, the better.
Record this in a journal or notepad.
What this process will do for you is prove to you that no matter what you face now, you will come through.
You'll find you rarely come through precisely like you hope or expect, but you will always make it through.
There are times to focus on the future, but at times we must look back to get through a tough time.
When you get through this tough time, record your journey.
Diamonds are made only after tremendous pressure on coal.
Life's challenges are designed to teach us how to grow through life's future journeys.
They are also there for us to use as a guide to help others through future trials.
Life has a way of either making us better or bitter; the choice is yours.
I choose to be better.
I’d love to hear how you’ve made it through tough times.
Comment and let me know.