We tend to always blow things up in life.
It’s easy for things to get out of hand, especially in our heads. It gets worse when we act out of the ordinary and start doing or saying things we don’t mean.
It’s about time we simply take a step back and see things for what they really are.
And they’re nothing but challenges.
It’s extremely easy to act out in anger, sadness or frustration.
Only weak people act out impulsively.
Strong people however, see them as challenges and practice massive self-control.
Your negative emotions are simply challenges. They’re not ways to tell you that there’s something wrong with you. So take up the challenge and start to master your emotions. You’ll be stronger with this mindset.
2) Toxic people
Be it your annoying friends, abusive partner or arrogant boss, take them as challenges.
They aren’t people who’re better than you. They don’t have secret agendas wherein their sole aim in life is to put you down.
They’re nothing but obstacles. This is where you need to study and learn human behavior and see your interacting works with their interaction.
This is how you sift out toxic people and start attracting the right ones instead. So don’t be too distraught by such people. Just see them as challenges.
3) Unfairness in life
Look, you can either start whining and complaining about how unfair life is, or start taking control of your life entirely.
Life isn’t unfair, screwed up or whatever.
Things simply don’t go as planned. That’s life! And life will never stop giving you challenges.
So stop complaining. Take up the challenges. You shouldn’t cower from them. Keep growing and take full responsibility of HOW you see everything that comes your way.
4) Your job
Bad colleagues? Challenges.
Arrogant boss? A challenge.
Long hours? Another challenge.
Your job is NOT you!
Don’t ever identify yourself with your job. It’s dangerous to think your life is centered around what your colleagues say, what your boss is doing or the number of hours you put in. Don’t base your self-esteem on your would-be promotion either.
Take it all as challenge. Try your hardest. Do your best work. That is good enough.
5) Positive thinking
This is harder than most would think.
Shaping your thoughts can be an uphill task. It’s easy to go awry in your head. It’s easy to start linking them with your emotions and then acting out impulsively.
A strong person practices self-control in the head.
Don’t identify your negative thoughts with you. You aren’t a crazy person if you do think of crazy thoughts. They’re just challenges!
So take your thoughts as challenges. Overcome them slowly and have patience with yourself. Your thoughts are your reality, so create the reality you want.
6) Meeting people
This is for those who think they’re socially awkward and simply too anxious to get to know new people.
Stop fearing people! Don’t put them on a pedestal. It doesn’t matter if you feel like they’re judging you because that’s not your problem. Heck, the way they look at you doesn’t matter either.
Take them as challenges. This is where YOU overcome the challenge and YOU get to decide if they’re a right fit for you.
Whatever problems you think you have, whatever it is you’ve gone through, whatever you’re going through right now…
You’re a challenge by itself.
You need to keep pushing yourself and keep growing!
Don’t be complacent. Don’t be stagnant.
You’re always growing as time moves forward. You might as well make the best of it and keep challenging yourself to be better.
And you know a better version of yourself; a better life await you.
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