overcoming challenges

Accepting challenges will make you stronger and successful in life

Accepting challenges means acknowledging your current situation. Most people sweep their troubles or challenges under the rug, hoping that they would vanish – out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes.

But this only adds to the difficulties, because they will most likely come back to bother you later when you least expect it.

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Accepting challenges

When a crisis occurs, it’s natural to attempt to ignore it and turn away. In order to prevent further problems, many people tend to isolate themselves. But the fact is that when a problem arises, it’s important to deal with it. By attempting to avoid it and sweep it under the rug, you will only make it worse.

Accepting challenges entails welcoming what is happening in your life rather than pushing it away in the hopes that it would go away on its own. 

Having said that, while acting in the face of difficulties is important, acting from a position of power is far more crucial. Sometimes, we may act rashly and this could intensify our problems. The best course of action is to keep calm, gain perspective and clarity while processing the situation.

Overcoming challenges in life

Life is full of challenges, and we’ll never be completely free of them. Maybe you’re feeling lost in life or perhaps you’re experiencing burnout at work.

Life is a genuine rollercoaster ride, with numerous highs and lows interspersed with brief periods of tranquility. Unfortunately, overcoming challenges is something we will have to deal with for the rest of our lives. Birth happens, death happens, and so does everything in between. 

But what makes a difference is how you choose to respond to life’s difficulties.

Accepting your challenges is the first step.

And when I’m saying accepting your challenges it does not imply that you agree with them or you just sit there waiting for the problems to go away. It just implies that you recognize the issue for what it is.

When you acknowledge that this is your current situation, you may then look for information and resources to help you overcome these challenges.

8 tips to follow for Overcoming Challenges in Life

Follow these steps to assist you to deal with overcoming challenges:

#1 Learn Acceptance

As we said accepting something does not imply that you agree with it. It just implies that you recognize the issue for what it is. When you acknowledge that this is your current situation, you may look for information and resources to help you overcome these challenges.

#2 Put the Situation in Perspective

When you educate yourself, you’ll discover that you’re not the first or last person to have to cope with this terrible situation. While this won’t change anything, it will help you put these challenges into perspective for the rest of your life. 

Also, try to see it from a different perspective. Maybe you can turn this challenge into a new opportunity. Make an effort to find something positive to take away from a bad situation.

#3 Feel Your Feelings Fully

While you should strive to be more stoic in public when things are going wrong, you should also allow yourself to feel all of your emotions fully. Feelings aren’t terrible; they simply are. Feel whatever it is that you need to feel. And then when you’re ready try to move on. Don’t get stuck!

#4 Don’t Neglect Your Relationships

When you’re going through a difficult time in your life, it can be tempting to put your relationships on hold in order to deal with the difficulties. However, when faced with life’s challenges, we require more help than ever. Your relationships are there to support and assist you. You can get through anything if you spend more time with people who love and support you.

#5 Learn from someone who has already been through it

Millions of individuals are in the same situation. You may know at least one person who has dealt with a similar problem. This person’s experience can serve as a source of encouragement as well as guidance to help you overcome your challenge.

It’s okay if you can’t think of someone who has already addressed the issue. If that is the case, try to listen to some motivating podcasts or read relevant books.

If for example, you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, try reading books about other people’s experiences.

accepting challenges through others' experiences

#6 Don’t Be in a Rush

Going through a painful and emotional big life challenge is difficult, but going through an exciting life challenge is also challenging. Don’t rush through your emotions or your life. Take your time to be ok with whatever this life’s challenge is.

#7 Be Grateful

There is always something to be grateful for, even in the worst of situations. Every day, make a list of at least three things for which you are thankful. Even if all you can think about is that you’re still breathing, it will help.

accepting challenges through feeling grateful
Make a list of things you’re grateful for

#8 Understand That Failure and Success Are Intertwined

Successful people did not become such overnight. Nobody is successful the first time they try anything new. For most people, it takes a lot of effort and dedication. You aren’t an exception. You’re probably not experiencing any success if you haven’t experienced any setbacks.

Accepting challenges will only make you stronger

Qoute - “The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” Robert Tew
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew

This Robert Tew quote isn’t just meant to make us feel better about our problems. It is, in fact, accurate.

Consider all of the challenges you’ve faced in your life. If you think hard enough, you will realize that they enlightened you and provided you with perspective, insight, and strength in some way.

You may not have realized it at the time, but they did make you stronger in some ways. Life will present you with challenges that are both difficult and frightening, but it is only through these experiences that you will learn who you are, what your values are, and how you want to grow.

So, from now on, try to understand that even if the day feels like it’s dragging you down, it’s actually helping you grow up. Just keep going, and one day you’ll see how far you’ve come.

Inner growth occurs under the most difficult circumstances, not in pleasant surroundings.

Accepting your challenges entails understanding that the experience has been carefully designed to assist you in awakening your greatest strength.

So, whatever is going on in your life, be it a difficulty, pain, suffering, or something you’ve been putting off, I invite you to surrender to it.

Read more: 20 powerful and inspirational quotes about life and struggles

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