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Turning Your Troubles Into Triumphs

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Turning Your Troubles Into Triumphs

Turning Troubles Into Triumphs – How to Find Strength In Your Struggles

At the end of each year, many people start to reflect on the past 12 months and focus on what they want to achieve in the new year. We make resolutions, we set goals, and we strive to do better. But, that is not always easy to do with things that you have struggled with in the past.

If you go into each new year understanding just one thing, let it be this: You can turn your troubles into triumphs and your struggles into strengths!

When you have struggles in life, it can sometimes feel like as though you will never get through them. But, it is through those struggles that you can actually grow and become better than ever before. Many of the most successful people in the world are the ones who have experienced failure again and again.

If you are not sure how to turn your troubles into triumphs, keep reading for some practical tips you can take with you into the new year.

Look At Your Troubles From a Different Perspective

Changing your perspective can make a big difference in how you see your struggles. It is not always easy to take yourself out of your own headspace, though. If you are having a hard time separating yourself from your own troubles, one of the best things that you can do is to put them down on paper.

Use a journal to write down your troubles and struggles. When you look back on what you wrote you can gain a different perspective, which can actually give you new insight into how you can overcome those struggles. When you see your troubles as some kind of story, you then become a character in that story who can overcome them, and find your strength.

 

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Acknowledge the Reason for Your Struggles

Discovering the underlying cause(s) of your troubles can be a big help in getting through them. Many times, we choose to ignore the things that are holding us back or causing turmoil in our lives. This is because it is usually easier to push things down inside of us or avoid them all together, rather than facing them head on.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t work forever. It can make your troubles even worse in the long term, and will make it harder for you to dig yourself out of that hole.

By identifying what causes your troubles, you can begin to tackle them head on, and face them. For some people, that can be very difficult and painful, but in the long run, it will allow you to overcome those struggles and move forward.

Find Something to Ground Yourself in the Present

Often, our strengths and troubles plague us because we start thinking about the “what ifs” of the future, or we are consumed by the trials and tribulations of the past.

Instead of falling into these negative traps, try to find something that grounds you in the present. This should be an actual physical or mental act you can rely on to bring you back to your current reality. Some great options include exercise, meditation or deep breathing exercises. For some people, things like yoga, going for a walk or even watching a sunset on the beach can help.

Whatever works to bring you back to the present will allow you to fully connect with yourself. This will make it easier to focus on your struggles and work through them.

 

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Stop Comparing Yourself

We live in a world where almost everything people do is publicized in one way or another. The biggest culprit of such a thing is social media. Unfortunately, social media can do more harm than good, depending on how it is viewed.

Think of it this way: Most people who post something on social media are only giving you a snapshot of their lives. It is something they want to publish because they know it looks good. But, we don’t often think about that in the moment, so it makes it easy to compare your life to their ‘perfect’ world and feel inadequate.

Make the commitment to stop comparing yourself to others, both in the digital world and the real one! If you start to get hung up on the idea that your life isn’t as good as someone else’s, or you don’t have the strengths someone else has, you will drag yourself down quickly.

Instead, focus on your own strengths, and even your weaknesses. When you stop comparing yourself to others, you will be able to capitalize on your strengths and take positive steps toward bettering yourself.

 

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There is something very positive about having troubles in life and going through hardships. It may not seem like it at the time, but it is what you do with those struggles that actually makes a difference. Without any struggles, you would never be able to grow. Getting through them gives you valuable learning experience, and ends up making you a stronger person.

Don’t feel as though you have to go through any of this alone. In fact, having a strong support system can make getting through your troubles easier, and will ensure you are held accountable for your actions so you don’t fall into familiar negative traps.

So, whether you have had a rough year up until now or you have been dealing with troubles for a long time, you don’t have to stay there forever.

Follow some of these suggestions, and start to turn those troubles into triumphs, and you’ll come out on the other side stronger than ever before.

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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