This is a guest post by Jason Anthony.
For the most part, we’ve all experienced those rough patches. Many of us have even felt what it’s like to be kicked while already down. It stings a bit.
When you perceive or experience pain or suffering, gathering up the right amount of courage and drive to take action can be difficult. It’s much easier to sit passively on the sidelines and “ride the storm out.”
Early on in my adult life I used to let the negative take its toll on me. I’d hit these low states of energy where my emotions and physical being were just completely drained. You could find me in either self-destruct or shutdown mode at any given time. I’d submerse myself in pretty much anything that was unproductive and even lock myself away from the outside world at times.
It wasn’t until I started working on myself when a few simple and easy to learn ideas dawned on me. I discovered that a lot of the real work is simply bridging that gap between those low states and the results and achievements we so greatly desire.
Sometimes You Get Pushed Around
When you’re down or feeling blue, its easy to be washed over with an array of negative feelings. Sometimes it hurts and feels bad just hurting and feeling bad.
Negative emotions and thoughts are tricky in that manner. They appear to pile right on top of of each other, crowding the space inside your mind. When this happens a lot of our priorities and goals get put on the back burner so that we may seek comfort or soothe ourselves.
Like with my own experience mentioned above, this can lead to a lot of sitting around on the couch watching television, oversleeping, overeating, and missing out on a lot of what life has to offer. While I was sitting around doing nothing I was getting exactly the same in return: nothing.
Find Strength By Uncovering Weakness
To realize your true source of inner strength it makes a lot of sense to review what it is that is holding you back. For many it can be issues with self-worth, esteem, belief, and even misguided values.
In my example, I struggled with self-esteem which held me back. I didn’t feel good about myself as a person, so it made it that much harder to feel good about what I did, and even the people closest to me. By working on defining myself as an individual and setting up healthy boundaries, I was able to reach a place where I was comfortable and felt good about myself.
Regardless of what the cause is or where you are starting, you can always work towards focusing on what drives you, or sparks your sense of determination and ambition. By seeing beyond the fog it makes it much easier to look towards the future. In other words, you can still chase your passions or work towards finding them, even while working on the root cause of your issues.
Channeling Strength From Within
With a few adjustments in mindset, extraordinary things are possible. Here are a few ideas that I’d like to share and steps you can take today to start building on the core of your inner strength.
1) Allow Failure So You Can Move On
While experiencing those down times, odds are you may trip up a bit. I’ll never forget hearing Denis Waitley’s take on failure. He said “Failure is fertilizer. It stinks, and you can step in it, but don’t roll around in it!” Fertilizer helps plants and herbs grow to be strong and healthy. Use your adversity as opportunities to find enrichment and grow within.
2) Use Your Issues As Inspiration
Sometimes being backed into a corner can be a good thing. It allows you to draw upon your strength at a much needed time. It can be a little push or reminder to yourself, or serve as the proper notification that now is your time. I personally find it extremely gratifying to take all the “wrong,” I perceive and use it as my own personal ammunition. There’s nothing like an underdog victory and you can be the comeback kid!
3) Immerse Yourself In The Details.
Dive into everything with all you’ve got. Love the details. The smell of a fresh cut orange or the look in a child’s eyes when they’ve just conquered a major milestone. It’s those tiny details on the surface where we can find some of the greatest and most profound inspiration. You don’t necessarily have to look toward what you’ve done already or accomplished, something as simple as a cool breeze or setting sun can give you that much needed boost required to act.
When you use yourself and what you find around you as fuel to get into gear, it is much easier to forge ahead. I know if somebody like me was able to make a couple of adjustments and achieve great results, then you can, too.
Jason Anthony is the founder of EvenMinds. He shares ideas and philosophies with others so they might be inspired to design an extraordinary life for themselves. Visit today to learn more action steps for your Health, Wealth, and Love.