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.
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.
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.
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.