Obstacles push us to the next level. Hardships wake us up – nudge us – make us think, “Why did this happen? What do I need to do next? What am I supposed to learn here?”
Our difficult relationships make us uncomfortable and angry. They shake us up. We usually fret about the situation, but a great strategy is to focus on the lesson. How am I meant to grow from this? What did I learn? How will I approach things differently next time?
A lot of my lessons came through my friendships. I knew I needed to set firmer boundaries with people who didn’t have my best interest at heart, but as a kind, giving person, I always forgave and excused people who had hurt or betrayed me. I was uncomfortable changing my ways, so guess what? The lesson kept showing up whether with a family member, a coworker or a friend until I set firmer boundaries.
Another very uncomfortable lesson came when my husband and I experienced financial woes. My husband had his own business, and things were very tight for a while. We asked family to lend us money, and the answer was no. I was shocked and angry, but I also felt a deep passion to create the money for us. It woke me up! It ignited a passion in me to create a business. I turned my anger into inspiration. I asked myself, “How can I generate more income?” The answer came to me immediately. I started a very lucrative SAT/ACT tutoring business. My financial independence was born.
Instead of fretting about where the money would come from and being angry that I wasn’t given the funds, I stepped into action. I asked for guidance, and I listened. I was so driven, that I was able to receive the answer immediately. If I sat around stewing and brewing in my anger, I would not be as creative or successful as I am today.
So next time life challenges you, get inspired! Ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn from this situation? How can I thrive?” Once you view life’s obstacles as opportunities to be stronger, your confidence will soar and there will be no stopping you!
My book, 11 Simply Brilliant Ideas for a Life of Love, Joy and Abundance is an inspirational guide to help you overcome life’s challenges, so you feel like a lucky, worthy person who knows how to attract success.