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” Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  – Wayne W. Dyer

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Introduction

Challenges are a part of everyone’s life and often come at a time when we least expect them. Challenges fall within a number of areas of our life including but not limited to health, business and finance.

Of most significance is how we respond to the challenges we face. Many people do not respond well to challenges.

The purpose of this post will be to offer tips on how best to cope with the problems that you, in fact all of us, will encounter over time.

How we face challenges is directly related to personal development.

Definition of Perceptions, Challenge and Cope

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Perception as “the way you think about someone or something.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Challenge as “a difficult task or problem: something that is hard to do.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Cope as ‘ to deal with problems and difficult situations and try to come up with  solutions.”

The Impact of Perception on Self-Development

Each of us develops a perception of our life that greatly influences our attitudes and our behaviors. Your perception may be shaped by many variables including, but not limited to: one’s family, one’s experiences in school, community, even experiences that are life-altering as in a trauma or significant loss. Our perceptions are neither good nor bad but they do in fact become beliefs, which direct us. We often can deal better with life’s challenges by changing our perceptions.

Children that come from a dysfunctional background may have a more difficult time in the face of adversity than children whose growth context was one of nurturing and positivity. As maturing adults, we have the opportunity to grow, to develop self-esteem and to surround ourselves with positive people that enhance our self-perception and our outlook on life. Wherever we are on our journey, we can always benefit with tips on how to better cope.

Tips On How To Cope With Challenges In Your Life

  1. Have a positive attitude – it will greatly enhance your ability to cope with challenges in life.
  2. Exercise emotional control to cope with challenges. It is better to act rationally rather than emotionally. This way you can make better decisions based upon the facts.
  3. Ask positive questions such as ” How best can I cope with this problem?” By asking yourself ” how best can I cope with this problem” you are instructing your brain that there is  a practical solution to be found. Your focus will remain on creating a positive conclusion. The questions you ask yourself shape your experience in life.
  4. Reach out to others for help. It is always a good idea to communicate with those whom you respect for their advice on a problem you may be facing. Getting various viewpoints from people that you respect can ultimately lead to a better decision.
  5. Distance yourself emotionally from a difficult challenge by role-playing. It provides you with an opportunity to remain emotionally neutral and thus with a better and more objective solution to your challenge.
  6. Laugh – when faced with life’s challenges, laughter provides for a healthy release of our emotions. Your emotional maturity and true nature are a measure of how well you cope with the challenges you face. And remember, laughter is much healthier than anger when faced with a challenge.
  7. Live for the present. No matter how many and/or kind of challenges you face, look at them as opportunities for growth. What you do in this moment is the only thing that matters. Let go of the  past and let go of all your negative emotions pertaining to this particular challenge.
  8. Take action,once you obtain the facts about a specific challenge. Taking action is vital to resolving problems. Each day try to make a prioritized to-do list and accomplish at least several important tasks each day.
  9. Get on a good nutritional food program. Eat well-balanced meals each day including vegetables and fruits with lean chicken and fish. Try to eliminate as much sugar as possible and watch the amount of carbohydrates you eat as well.
  10. Practice a program of physical fitness where you do some cardiovascular workout four to five times per week. It could include walking, running and/or swimming.
  11. Confront your fears. It is important to confront your fears because they are often responsible for sabotaging your best efforts in moving forward with your life.
  12. Be grateful and look back on your day and highlight several things that made it better. Remember to express appreciation to the people that have supported you.
  13. Keep at it – continue to be persistent. Only perseverance can make you accomplish great things in your life. Never stop  trying to reach your goals.
  14. Take responsibility. Blaming others for your problems leads you down an entire negative path. It is better to say that you are responsible for many of your problems and come up with optimal decisions that alleviate these problems.
  15. Don’t overthink. When you overanalyze, you will have a hard time accepting reality. In addition, you will  have a much more difficult time coming to a decision and will likely procrastinate. As the saying goes “paralysis by analysis”
  16. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is a very negative way of thinking. You have you own strengths and weaknesses compared to others. And each one of you has been dealt a certain deck of cards to play in life. Focus on what makes you happy and passionate in your own life. And  play your hand of cards the best you can.
  17. Be yourself and give little thought to what others think of you. As William Shakespeare once said,”This above all; to thine own self be true.” A person who can truly be himself or herself and not be influenced by others can generally face life’s challenges in a more meaningful and effective way.
  18. Be self-reliant and not dependent on others.This requires someone that has a strong ego, a high level of independence with an ability to love. Your needs come first before anyone else’s. This might at first sound selfish but only by putting your own needs first can you really help others.
  19. Practice meditation. The Medical Dictionary defines meditation as ” Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.” Meditation, if done correctly should allow a person to make better decisions about  their life since their mind will be more relaxed.
  20. Use the Internet and Google to find out more information about the problem you face. Evaluate the websites related to your specific problem. The Internet and Google are invaluable sources of information that provide you with greater perspective on just about any subject. The more facts you pick up on related websites related to your problem, the better decision you can ultimately make.
  21. Find a mentor when you are facing a challenge. A mentor can be anything that can give you guidance on your personal matter. A mentor can be a website, book or a person.
  22. Being open will help you when facing any challenges in life. Being open will allow you to fully explore all your options when trying to resolve your specific problem.
  23. Have written goals in your life – it makes facing challenges easier. There is a whole body of research that shows that people that put their life goals down in writing have a much better chance of reaching their goals. The process of setting goals sets up the appropriate methodology for resolving  any challenges we face in our life.
  24. Appreciate the challenges you have. For each challenge you face, you will learn more about yourself. You will also be a stronger person the more challenges you face.
  25. Believe in your self-worth. It is the most important thing you can do for facing any challenge.When you lack conviction about yourself, you will hesitate and you will make poor decisions. Conversely,when you believe in yourself, you will make better decisions.
  26. Write down your thoughts in a journal. Journaling will zero in on your thoughts and feelings.You will know yourself better by understanding what makes you feel happy  and confident as well as what is toxic for you. Journaling reduces stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present. Journaling will solve problems more effectively. Journaling allows you to monitor progress and provides a basis for future solutions to problems.
  27. Celebrate your achievements. Write down a list of all your accomplishments you have attained in your life. Moving forward, any time you experience something positive, stop and celebrate it. This will drive your brain to keep taking actions that led to the pleasurable emotion.
  28. Use powerful vocabulary. Use words like powerful,unstoppable and confident as a regular part of your daily lexicon. Using powerful words can help and inspire us when facing challenges.
  29. Get something done. Who doesn’t love getting results. If you want to figure out an answer to a challenge, take action and accomplish something no matter how small. Set a task related to your challenge and finish it to completion. Whatever problems you want solved, put it in a calendar and schedule it.
  30. Make your desired actions automatic. The key to mastering self-discipline in the face of a challenge is learning how to build good habits. Keep practicing a desired action for at least 30 days to make your new habit instinctive. Practice one desired habit monthly to help you feel more accomplished and in control of your life.
  31. If necessary, seek professional counseling. This person is formally trained to work with people that need help in terms of life’s challenges.

Summary

The purpose of this post was to offer tips on how best to cope with the challenges we face in our daily life.

It is important to note that our perception of life has been shaped in our formative years, especially by our parents. How we perceive our life shapes our entire existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

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