Surviving Tough Times
We all long to be happy and fulfilled. But over the past couple months I’ve talked to several friends that have told me they are neither. They are going through some tough times.
Very tough times.
Difficult situations with their work.
Some have lost their jobs.
Just when we thought the economy was starting to pick up, people are loosing their jobs.
Businesses are closing.
Have any of you been touched by one of these, or other difficult situations?
Most of us with some age have lived through one or several of these tough times.
Difficulties Teach Us
Having lived most of my adult life as a single mom, and alone since my daughter headed off to college, I’m all to familiar with tough times.
The good thing is because of that I’ve learned some amazing survival strategies for dealing with tough times.
And I’m sure you have learned some of those lessons as well.
So here’s what I want to challenge you with today- I’m going to share some of my thoughts on how to deal with difficult times, but I want each of you to add you own Survival Strategies in the comments section below. I have several dear friends that could use an encouraging thought or idea. Would you do that today? Please? Together we can make a difference.
Let’s join together to make this post a life line for others.
Ok, so here are some of my Survival Strategies for tough times
Tough Times Survival Strategy #1: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Joshua J. Marine
I’m an eternal optimist. I see the class as half full. Challenges are made to build character, grow us, stretch us, mold us into the people we are meant to be. Overcoming life’s issues makes us stronger. Builds our character, and adds the spice to life.
We don’t grow during the easy times. We coast. We enjoy.
It’s the tough times that stretch us.
Make us dig deep.
Make us grow.
Look for the silver lining in every dark cloud and see it as a road map to a stronger, better you!
Tough Times Survival Strategy #2: Keep your mind focused on the next step to moving forward. No matter how big or how small. Keep moving forward.
What do we say when we’re dealing with something difficult? Something like, “I’m going through some tough times.”
That’s the point! We’re going Through It!
We’re not meant to be stuck in the tough times. We are going and growing through it.
Break your situation down into smaller challenges and deal with them one by one.
How many times have you looked back on something difficult and said I learned _______, during that time. You fill in the blank. If you really think about it, every time you’ve gone through a difficult time or situation in your life you’ve learned something. Haven’t you?
As strange as it sounds I look forward to difficulty because I know it’s going to grow me in some manner.
I know my character will be tested and strengthened by the adversity.
Challenge builds character.
Olympians know this better than any of us:
In 1908, before the Olympic Games in London, Pierre de Coubertin created what is now the Olympic Creed. It is inspired by the words of Bishop Ethelbert Talbot, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
Tough Times Survival Strategy #3: Make the choice to be happy no matter what you are facing
Most of our battles are in our minds.
Don’t let your circumstances dictate your happiness.
Did you know happiness is a choice?
We need to choose to be happy, blessed, and joyful everyday. Even if your circumstances tell a different story.
One of my favorite sayings is “Speak it till you see it.” But often that can be a very difficult thing to do. We get caught up in whatever life is throwing at us and we get dragged down.
But if you stay joyful you take the power out of the negative situation. The tough times don’t seem so tough when you smile and make yourself look for things to be joyful about.
Tough Times Survival Strategy #4: Be THANKFUL for whatever it is that is causing you to have the tough times.
I know, you think I’m crazy!
Be Thankful for whatever is causing you to suffer? I can hear you saying “No Way Lady!”
Honestly, this is the MOST IMPORTANT Strategy. But it is also the most difficult. It takes time to learn. And even when you practice it over and over, it still can be tough to do.
This step requires faith.
And creates the most powerful positive energy shift.
It moves us from negative to positive and takes the power away from the tough situation we’re facing.
Those of you that follow this blog and/or my Facebook page know, I believe God is in control. And when tough times come our way the Lord can use them for our good, especially if we have the right attitude.
I have seen this time and time again. If we can trust enough to say, “Thank you for this situation because I know, no matter how bad it looks, I know you are going to use this for my good, you are going to teach me lessons, and you are going to use this for to bless me because you are faithful Lord.”
And even if you don’t feel thankful, speak it till you see it. Don’t give in to doubt. Don’t let the negative take over. Speak positive until you see positive.
If you can practice these survival strategies you will be able to endure the though times that come and you will be victorious.
My Challenge To You
If you have a survival strategy that you use to weather the tough times in life, please take a few minutes and share it with us in the comments section. Your way of dealing with difficulty may be the perfect answer someone reading this is looking for. Even if it’s simply eating chocolate, please share you ideas.
Thank you for joining with us to help others.
Thank you and God Bless!
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