Many things in this life we have are inevitable. One of these things is the reality of struggling. Whether it is the last repetition of a set on the bench press, or a tough time in life financially; we’ve all been there. The following are a few reminders to keep in mind when the next struggle stands in your way.
1. Where You Are, Someone You Know Has Been There Too
When I’m in a tough spot, no matter the circumstance, I get blinded by it and forget to reach out for help. Everyone feels helpless and alone when they are in the quicksand of a struggle. There should be no reason to feel deserted; someone is willing to lend support – you just need to find him or her.
Refer back to previous times of hardship, and how you were able to get out of the rut you were in. If you reflect on the truth of your success through the struggle you will see it was not solely on the actions of yourself, but the support from another. This allows for you to be someone else’s crutch the next time they’re in need of one.
2. Without Struggle, Growth Cannot Occur
Regardless of who actually said it, I didn’t, but here is a well-known quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Obviously, this is a quote that has no need for clarification, but we lose sight of the benefit of our struggles sometimes. I’ve said in early writings, 2014 was a tremendously difficult year for me, and I don’t want to forget that. It isn’t that I want to keep dwelling on tough times; instead, it is an avenue for me to remain motivated throughout this brand new year .
For example, we can take a person who was given much, or they came from fortunate beginnings; it isn’t too often we see them display the same sort of character the farmers in the country do. I am making that analogy to display the value of struggling. One person benefitted from someone else’s hard work, whereas the other understands their hard work brings forth benefits. Embrace the struggle, and allow it to be water to a plant in your life i.e. grow from the process!
3. This Won’t Be The Last Struggle
If you’ve existed long enough to be able to read this post, then you’ve also already realized there will be more than just a single struggle in life. I can remember struggling in little league sports, junior high, relationships with my family, staying focused on school, getting distracted by girls, to just allowing laziness to enhance every single struggle I’ve ever had occur in my life.
God’s given you and me the abilities we need to get through any contest this life throws at us. It is up to us whether we are going to utilize those abilities or not. Don’t question the wisdom of someone who has been there before that is trying to help you. Put your pride aside and focus on the potential growth at the end of the struggle. Finally, continue to prepare yourself for the struggles that remain unseen.
Struggling is inevitable, but that’s no reason to give up.