5 lessons I have learned for when I am faced with a challenge

  1. Shift your Perspective

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending a talk given by Major Tim Peake, where he shared with us the story of his voyage into space. He also showed the photographs he had taken of the earth from space, and as I gazed at one particularly awe inspiring photo of the snow-capped Himalayas taken from that vantage point, my Trek Nepal challenge suddenly seemed less insurmountable. When faced with an issue, it may help to visualise zooming out in your mind’s eye, as though you are looking down on it from a great height. Our minds are immensely powerful and the scale of anything we must overcome is always first created there (normally subconsciously). Armed with this knowledge we can tap into its power in order to change our perception entirely.

2. “There is a way through every block” – Yogi Bhajan

This is true of any block, no matter how large or small it may be. Through total acceptance of this comes the accompanying realisation that there is no right nor wrong way to work through a challenge; in fact, there are only infinite possibilities.

3. Break it down

Often the greatest block when we are faced with a problem is taking that first step. If you break it down into achievable goals that enable you to take action, you will begin to create energy and momentum around it. I can guarantee that if you do this, in no time at all you will look back and realise how far you have come.

4. Have Patience

You cannot control the outcome or the timing of every situation. We live in a society where how successful you are at solving something is equated with how quickly you can do it, and having patience can become its own challenge. However, adding this time-pressure only serves to enhance the existing challenge you face. When viewed in this way, it seems like a nonsensical thing to do.

5. Find a buddy

It is so much more enjoyable to face a challenge with a friend than alone. If connection breeds joy then at least working with someone else can make an arduous process less painful.

All of these insights are based on my own experiences and I hope that reading them might help somebody. Ultimately however, not all of the above will work equally for everybody. We are all unique and therefore need to find what suits us best. My parting wisdom would be that as long as you keep working on yourself you are undoubtedly moving forward, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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