When life gets rough and you feel like giving up, it helps to remember these 7 things. Why? Because they will help you find the necessary strength, courage, and confidence to move forward and do the things you deep down inside know you should be doing.
1. Remember the story about David and Goliath.
When life gets rough and you feel like giving up, remember the story of the young man David and the giant Goliath. Remember how, even though David was but a young shepherd, and Goliath a warrior from his youth, David managed to defeat Goliath. By not allowing the outside circumstances to overwhelm and intimidate him, he focused on his inner strength and the power he knew for sure that was present within him, and as a result, he defeated Goliath.Be like David. Don’t let the size of your problems overwhelm and intimidate you.
2. Life may be tough, but you are tougher.
No matter how many challenges life will send your way, and no matter how big and overwhelming your problems might seem at times, you have to remind yourself that you are bigger than all of your problems. And that you can deal with whatever life send your way. Life may be tough, but you are tougher.
3. When life gets rough, remember that Diamonds are made under pressure.
I really love how Peter Marshall spoke about this: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” Diamonds are made under pressure and oak trees grow strong in contrary winds. And just like a diamond, you too need the pressure in order to be polished and refined. You too need the winds in order to grow strong, bold and confident. Remember this when life gets rough!
4. Every problem comes with a gift.
Richard Bach said it better than anyone else ever has, or will: “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
Every problem comes with a gift, and if you have mountains of problems in your hands to solve, you will soon have mountains of gifts in your life to enjoy. And this is something you should definitely remind yourself in those moments when life gets rough and you feel like giving up.
5. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.
We all want to live lives free of pain, sorrow, darkness and difficulties, but these things are part of life. And just as the lotus flower needs the mud in order to come to life, you too need these challenges in order to cleanse yourself of yourself and become all that life created you to be.
6. Life is a journey.
Life is a journey, not a destination. And every experience and every interaction life sends your way, no matter if good or bad, is meant to shape you, to guide you, to lead you, and to help you craft a life that is worth living. Enjoy the journey.
7. Your life is your story.
You are the main character of your life, the hero of your life story. And when the time will come for you to leave this world, looking back at your life, you will perceive all these challenges and all difficulties, different than you do now. You will look back at all your struggles and all your difficulties with gratitude and contentment, knowing that they were the ones that help you become all that you have become.