“That’s just the way the world works”, they told me. “Just get over it”, they said. That’s fine and all…life shouldn’t be “easy”, and we all know we have to work hard for the life we want. But, do you ever feel like every close is slamming shut? Or you just keep missing the mark? Do you want to hit pause and play catch up with life? I’m here to tell you, *queue the Michael Jackson* you are not alone! Although it’s common to struggle with these feelings, it’s important to remember what your working for or what your working towards.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day nonsense that distracts you from your long-term or overall goal. That’s human–it’s hard not to focus on what’s happening (or what’s falling apart) right in front of you. But are these tiny road bumps worth stifling your life’s path? I think you already know the answer – no. Simply put, there is no growth without the stress of obstacles and hard times. And these long-term goals that you have for yourself require a “level-up” of your own abilities and capacity to take on as much as you can.
In order to push through these times of struggle, it’s important to rely on two things: yourself and those you love. Relying on those close to you provides you with some external support. However, real change, perseverance, and resilience comes from within yourself. At the end of the day, it’s all about mindset. Sometimes this takes some deep reflection on what you want/need and how you’re going to get there. All aspects of your journey can feel like a struggle. That’s more common than you think. It’s the hard work, at the end of the day, that makes the difference in terms of progress and gains. No one’s journey is the same either, so never compare yourself to others. Your timing will not be the same as someone else.
Moving forward, you have to figure out what will work best for you, your life, and your current responsibilities. Reflect on the priorities and come up with a way to stay organized and on top of your time management. Make to-do lists, set 100 reminders, organize everything the night before–whatever works for you. Keep that end goal in mind and always refer back to it for motivation on those harder days. You’ve got this! Always say yes to every opportunity, and the right opportunity will present itself in time.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni