You Will Not Get Through It, You will Conquer It
You will face tough times. All people do. The question isn’t if, it’s when. Then, the query evolves into not what happens as you enter the event or situation, but what you’ll be like when you exit the episode. The successful path you need isn’t merely a quick choice to triumph, rather it’s a process that you’ll follow for the entire duration of your struggle. So what is the process that will ensure you come out the conqueror, not the vanquished? Five steps, simple and straightforward, are what you need to follow.
It Will End
Nothing lasts forever. Winter is always followed by spring. The night is followed by the day. Uncertain times have an end, just as they had an onset. Realize that this isn’t your life forever; it’s your life now. You don’t know when it will end any more than you knew when it would begin. So, just take it a day at a time with the realization that at any time, the clouds may break, and the sunshine will pour through.
You Won’t Ever Be the Same After This
There couldn’t be a statement that is truer than this. This time will change you. The question is, will you allow it to change you for the better or worse? Will you come out stronger, sounder, and ready for a more prominent mountain? Or, will you come out broken and only capable of lying down in the valley from now on? That is not a determining factor; it is a conscious choice that you make as you trudge through the sludge of each day. It is a daily decision to make.
Your Dreams Are Not Gone
I’ve lost my home, my job, my pride, and my money. It’s lousy. But I never lost my dreams. You need to remember that losing your dreams is a choice that only you can make. Viktor Frankl lost his wife, his child, his father, and brother to the fates of Nazi concentration camps. He was imprisoned in the camps. He left that episode behind and wrote 39 books, including a best seller. If he can go on to fulfill his dreams after this nightmare, so can you! You don’t control those things imposed on you, but you do control your reaction to them. Keep your dreams alive, even when the dark of the night sets in.
No Problem Is As Hopeless As It Seems
Few things other than death have no way out. Your way out is to make your plan, work your plan, modify your plan when obstacles occur, and never quit. No matter what you see in the natural, the minute by minute life you live, you make progress if you put in the effort. Use the Jim Collins Flywheel method. When you begin to move a large flywheel, it takes a monumental effort to move it an inch. As it begins to move, then the same effort moves it a foot, then a yard; then it simply can’t be stopped as you continue to feed it your energy. Continued effort over time is what will lead you to success. Hardest as you begin, but it only gets easier as you see progress.
See The Future As Vividly As You See Today
You can see your problems with infinite clarity. You see the future less clearly. Visualize the future regularly. Remember that it is as real as your effort is sustained. In other words, you make your future reality as you stick with your plan. It is within your grasp. It is your future if you so choose. But only you can make that choice. Not with words, but with effort. See it daily, think what it will be like to live that life, not the one you’re in presently. Never let your vision go.
You Don’t Have to Be Great to Start, but you have to start to be great. Zig Ziglar
That statement is as true today as it was when he first uttered it. If you want to be out of where you are now sooner, start sooner. Like right now. Begin to:
- Realize what you’re in will end just as certainly as it began.
- You’ll never be the same after this. You’ll either be better or worse.
- Your dreams weren’t taken from you. Only you can let them go.
- The problem isn’t hopeless, so don’t give it life and make it that way.
- See your future and make it your reality.
These are all choices you can make. There is no magic needed here, just grit, effort, and belief. It’s your choice. Be the conqueror, not the vanquished. It’s who you choose to be.