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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Accept the challenge of life

WHEN faced with challenge do you 'Act' with courage or 'React with fear?

Do you get determined and move through these tough events or do you become stuck, paralyzed by fear and self doubt? Which choice do you usually make; because choice it is.

Life is certainly full of unpredictable events whereby change, challenge and obstacles are all inevitable. Yet many people when faced with challenges struggle and resist them when they come along which eventually causes havoc on them mentally and Contact physically.

We all face tough and difficult challenges, it's part and parcel of living life. They come and go onto our world all of the time with some being tougher than others. But it is when we get caught up in tunnel thinking that problems arise.

The key is not in avoiding the unavoidable when it occurs; it is simply accepting change and the obstacles that come along with an attitude of resolve. In other words, changing the way you interpret and respond to these challenges. Your attitude can cloud your mind and thus your decisions leaving you in a constant state of feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

I have had several significant challenges during my life time all of which were significant enough to bring me to a halt – if I had I allowed the challenge to control me! I believe that in every challenge lies an opportunity to discover a little more of who you are and of what you are capable of doing and achieving; indeed it is during some of my toughest challenges that I learned the most about myself, my strengths and weaknesses.

There are many opportunities to be found during times of change and challenge. By stepping out of the 'what if' mindset and asking more empowering 'how' questions can you move forward and begin to exploit new and happier ways of living. In addition to changing your attitude the following tips should help move you into a calmer state of mind:

● Say 'So What' more often. Put things into perspective. Look at the bigger picture and ask will it matter in a month or years time. Often when you stop and really look at the situation for what it really is, a positive and lighter side emerges.

● Self Care is Self Respect. Spend some 'ME' time relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life.

● Get clear about your goals. Happy & successful people are fueled by goals and can anchor themselves quickly and more easily during times of doubt and change.

Remember that ' Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity' Steven Covey

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