How I stayed motivated during the most difficult times of my life.
Have you ever felt as though your world is caving in and you're going under? Have you ever felt as though life has left you in quicksand and the more your wiggle the deeper your sink? Have you ever faced some really dark times in your life, where it seems as if you'll never see the light of day or any sign of hope again? Have you ever felt like giving up, but it wouldn't be any easier if you quit, so you decided that you will hang in there a bit longer? Life is sometimes like this. It will take you to rock bottom and it will leave you there. I've had many days of hopelessness in my life and I've hit my lowest of lows. Below I'll share some ways I stayed motivated at the most difficult times of my life.
1. Don't ever make prayer an option.
Make time to pray. Not just when you are bombarded with difficulties, but whether life is good or bad. Connect with your maker always, God wants to hear from you. Don't ever make prayer an option let it be your priority. Don't wait until everything else fails. Stay prayed up. I remember some of my darkest moments when the words couldn't find their places, tears spoke in their stead. Tears are a language that God understands.
2. Express Gratitude.
No matter how hard life gets, be thankful for the breath in your body. It's a sign of hope, you can't tell what tomorrow will bring. Don't allow the problems that you face today to dim your outlook for tomorrow. I've heard about a man who was complaining about how hard his life was because all he had to eat was a banana. No sooner, had he thrown the peel away than someone took it up and began eating it. The point here is that, no matter how difficult your life appears to be, there's someone else that has it worse than you. Remember, there's no storm that will last the entire year, and every difficulty that you face in this life will come to an end. Nothing lasts forever, not even your pain!
3. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Don't ever allow pride to silence your request for help. No matter what you are going through, there's someone that can help. Don't ever assume that everyone knows what you are going through by looking at you and no one in the world cares about you. There's a solution for every problem. Don't keep them all to yourself, they will take the very life from you. Go seek help for the difficulties in your life. You are human like everyone else, not a superhero. As the quote says, no man is an island, no man stands alone.
4. Learn to embrace and accept changes.
Things will change as the times progress. They may or may not work in your favor but they are going to happen. Learn to detach yourself from what used to be. Don't get stuck in the past! There's nothing that will remain the same forever, change is constant. It's beyond your control. You can't stop it from happening.
5. Never accept responsibility for what you didn't do.
You can do so much and no more. When you would have done everything in your power, then you must accept that you have already done your part. You should never allow yourself to bear the guilt for something that you didn't do. You should never walk around with the burden of guilt for other people's mistakes. Don't share the blame for their poor choices.
6. Sometimes you got to lose to win.
In this life, no one is always winning. Sometimes you'll lose! You must condition your mind to process defeat or you will remain defeated. I listened to an interview with Usain Bolt. He said, his coach told him that you'll have to learn to lose before you learn to win. He was befuddled by the statement his coach made, but eventually, he learned after he had lost a race. Loses are a part of life too, but it isn't about how much you lose, but how much you decide to get up and start again, it starts in the mind! Some of our greatest strengths are born from our greatest defeats.
7. Some things are beyond your control.
Never stress over things that are without your control. They will drive you crazy! The best that you can do is prepare for them and if you can't prepare for them, then you'll have to face them. Focus your energy on what's in your reach. The things that you can't control let them be.
8. Learn from your difficulties.
It's always easier to say why me and not someone else, but don't curse the difficulties that you face in life. There are blessings in difficulties too. They will reveal many things that you didn't know about yourself. How would you know that you were strong if you've never been weak? How would you know that you were brave if you've never conquered fear? How would you learn to appreciate all that you have if you've never lost anything or anyone of great value? Be grateful for every trial that you face or have faced. They are preparing you for greater trials ahead!
9. Remain positive even at your worst.
Always look for the best in your worst. If all you see is your current situation then that's all that you'll make it out to be. Good can come out of a bad situation. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but he became a Prime Minister in Egypt. God can turn any situation around. Even at your worst, he's at His best!
10. Read books, listen to the stories of others.
When you listen to the stories of others they make you stronger. They motivate and empower you in more ways than one, but the best part is that you have the confidence that you aren't alone and there are many others like you. It gives you the courage that if they can do it, you can too!
11. You are not destined for pain and suffering.
You deserve to be happy, you weren't born to endure pain and suffering all your life. You weren't created for anyone to use or abuse you. It's just unfortunate that we sometimes find ourselves in situations beyond our control. But that doesn't mean that's our final destination. You were not created to suffer and die. As much as you are suffering, don't ever condemn yourself to that fate. It was never your destiny. You deserve to be the happiest that you can be. Amidst all the difficulties that you'll face in life, don't ever sacrifice your peace of mind. Don't ever sentence yourself to a lifetime of gloom.
In closing, may you find peace in the most difficult times of your life. Whatever you're going through it won't last forever. May you come out much stronger than you were before. God bless you!
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