Allowing Difficulties to Teach You, NOT Defeat You

Obstacles are inevitable. There is no way to avoid them. There will always be something to overcome in order to achieve what you want.

“Problems” exist for a reason. They show up in life as teachers. When they surface do not lose sight of your goals. Don’t say to yourself: “What did I do to deserve this?” Simply acknowledge their existence and ask: “What is this situation trying to teach me?”

Everything happens for a reason. I know we’ve all heard that before, but it’s true. There is nothing random in the Universe. Nothing. So, when difficult, almost impossible situations arise, we need to look around and examine what we are doing in our lives.

No matter what forms your teachers take, recognize them as wake-up calls. Start paying attention, because the Universe is trying to tell you something.

Action Step:

In closing I’d like to offer an exercise to complete in the week ahead:

How many times have you faced difficulties in your life? When they presented themselves did you put the blame onto someone else, even God? Doing that didn’t really solve anything, did it?

The next time you encounter obstacles I want you to try something new. I want you to be thankful for the situation. (Yes, that’s what I said, I want you to be thankful for it.)

Then, I want you to gratefully ask: “What is this temporary situation here to teach me?” I want you to say “thank you” and ask that question in your heart and out loud every day until the situation passes.

Keep a daily journal detailing what occurs during this time. When you take an attitude of gratitude and acknowledge your willingness to be a student of the Universe, difficulties leave your life quickly.

Every liability is just an asset in hiding. – Mark Victor Hansen