March 17: Pain + Reflection = Progress

Pain + Reflection = Progress, but ONLY IF WE RE-CALIBRATE, PIVOT, ADAPT, AND ADJUST, before going at it AGAIN.

We all go through rough times.  Those rough times eventually can be considered blessings in disguise.  It has been my most painful moments which have inspired the most growth and change.  It is important for us to experience rough times.  It is helpful for us to be uncomfortable.

We speak a lot about what we want, but what do we not want?  Without the good and the bad, we would never fully appreciate either.  Experiencing extreme contrasting experiences is how we learn what we do and do not want more of.  Our thinking alters our beliefs and empowers us to upgrade our actions.  We would never choose to make progress if we were always comfortable and things were always easy and great.  Hardships are a part of this life experience as part of a greater plan.  Hardships are meant to be in our lives.  Our difficulties are a blessing.

Difficulties help us to think, change, progress, learn to lean on others, and learn to let others lean on us.  Our “difficult times” are a blessing, but only if only we think of them as blessings.

Experiencing difficulties instills within us an understanding and a level of empathy and compassion we previously didn’t have.  This comes in useful for those experiencing something similar to what we have gone through.

What are some difficulties you have experienced in the past?  What blessings, lessons, new practices, and skills came from going through those struggles?

Ask the difficult question:  “What good might come from this?”

Reminder to self:  Nobody likes going through difficulties, and it’s just a fact of life that sooner or later we all will.  Accept it, learn from it, change in a way that will help you be more prepared to react well to the next difficulty, ask for help or advice FROM EXCELLENT SOURCES, and be there for others.  As bad as life may seem, it is still so good.  Choose and keep good perspectives and beliefs.  Review the things you still have to be grateful for.  Everything is going to be okay.  Bad times don’t last.

Today’s challenge for myself:  Today I will do all I can to help another who may be going through a difficult time.  A kind word, a small act to show I care, a phone call, or even a hug can make a world of difference for someone.

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Remember:  Mindset matters.  Character counts.  That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives.  WE CREATE our personal realities.

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