Originally published 2/2/2012
2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
What is the biggest problem in your life? Say it out loud right now. Is it something so embarrassing that you hate even admitting it? Say it out loud anyway. Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in handling the issues in your life. Whether your problem is financial, surrounding a relationship, health-wise or anything else, I promise that someone else out there is experiencing the same thing you are. No matter how alone we feel sometimes, we never are. Each and every one of us is connected and because of that, no problem is insurmountable.
The easiest way that I’ve found to deal with problems is to look long-term instead of getting so hung up in the short-term. For example: Unhappy in the relationship that you’re currently in? Looking at the short-term is miserable! Over the course of the next few weeks you could possibly be ending a relationship, dealing with loneliness and a broken heart, dividing assets, not knowing what to do. I get it. It’s scary. But what if you looked at the situation long-term? Ten years from now, all of this will be behind you. Picture yourself 10 years into the future, in a relationship with the ‘right’ person. Are you even thinking about all of the difficult things anymore? Of course not. Because you moved on. And while you’re in the short-term, it’s ok to get mad, yell, cry and wish it wasn’t happening to you. Just let all of that out and move to the next step. Every problem in your life is there to teach you something. Learn, grow and move on.
What’s making me smile right now: