(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)
Life is full of ups and downs. Part of reaching success is overcoming the obstacles. Whether it’s learning coping skills, gaining confidence or earning trust, challenges have the potential to make or break a person.
Rising up after a fall is never easy – in fact, it can be downright exhausting, but with a little bit of preparation and lot of perseverance, anyone can overcome a setback and come out stronger on the other side.
If you’re facing a tough time, here are a few things to keep in mind:
You are never alone. Find a mentor or trusted friend to lean on.
Positive thinking can change outcomes.
How you react in your situation is an example for others.
Find others in similar situations and share stories and perspectives.
Pick up a new hobby to keep your mind engaged in activity.
Go for a brisk walk or run – a workout can flood the body with uplifting chemicals.
Find a creative outlet to express your feelings.
Speak to a therapist who can help sort through things.
Give yourself some love.
Try the task again.
Consider the challenge from a different angle.
Every setback or challenge is a learning experience.
If the way you were doing it wasn’t working, try it another way.
Use your past successes as fuel.
Keep a journal that includes your goals and how you plan to get there.
Embrace setbacks as a testimony that you were doing something hard.
Direct your disappointment toward progress.
Once the emotions have settled, really take the time to investigate what factors were involved in the loss or setback.
Consider creating a list of “next steps” and choose what works best for you.
Do something that you know you can accomplish for an extra boost.
Filter out negative thoughts and replace them with positive expectations, like “I have faced challenges before and succeeded” and “I can handle this.”
Face your fears. Not doing so many be the one thing that’s keeping you from advancing to the next level.