This post is a guest post from my friend Yulunda of Y I’m Writeous.
You can read more about her clicking those double arrows next to her photo. Enjoy!
Difficult times are destined to happen to each of us during our lifetime. Guaranteed.
However, just like the captain of a mighty vessel, we must learn how to navigate through it with as much poise and grace as we can while relying on our past successes. Though the storms may come, we must know deep within us that it will not last forever and, if we remain steadfast, we will come through as pure gold.
I have recently had to deal with a lot of hardships and, immediately made the decision to elevate my thinking and to focus my thoughts higher so that I could endure through the end of the fight. No, it was not easy and still is not easy. In fact, I have had some days where I feel like I cannot go on and that giving up seems like a good choice. Then, the strength of being human kicks in and pushes me to fight on, focus on the good, and believe that something great is going to happen.
I would like to share five ways I’ve been able to remain positive in the midst of the storm. Because, we must be intentional when it comes to our peace.
I learned the power of words when I randomly ran across a book that literally changed my life. The book asked a very profound question, “Does your tongue need healing?” Our tongue is one of the most powerful weapons we possess, it can be used for blessings or curses and, since God spoke the world into existence, we too can speak things into our lives. I have made it a habit to speak positive words into the universe and expect a full return. In other words, “Be careful how you speak to yourself because you are listening.”
SN: Begin to use electric words like, Fantastic! Outstanding! Absolutely! I got this! God is able! Better is coming! And watch the atmosphere shift in your favor.
Be Around Great People
I refuse to spend my quality time with unqualified people. You know the people who simply do not mesh with your personality, the people who suck the life directly out of you, the people who have more negative things to say than positive.
Yes, we can love people, pray for them, encourage them, and minimize our time with them.
Take A Break
Since going through my rough time, I have been pausing to meditate more, take naps, read, and do nothing that is not an immediate requirement of living life. Though many things we go through is because of some choices we have made, there are some that happen to be out of our control. We have to be sure not to dwell on what we could have done better, how we could’ve prevented it, or adopting a “why me” attitude. Instead we must learn to accept it and plan to get through it.
Taking a break will allow us to better focus and make the best decisions possible.
Do Not Set Yourself Up
Do not conjure up how things should be according to your expectations. Things will eventually work out for the good, but in the interim, we mustn’t set ourselves up by becoming frustrated, focusing on the bad, believing the diagnosis, or taking what others have said about you as law.
We make situations much more bleak when we give them too much life by focusing on them and the negative.
I am a firm believer that gratitude is the key to a better life.
Imagine how much better things would be if during the difficult times, we can pull out a nugget of hope or inspiration. Doing this is only teaching us how to hone in on the beautiful things of life. I remember hearing a quote, “The hottest fires make the toughest steel.” It is during these times that great people manifest in the earth and life changing businesses are created. In fact, I was led to create an entire website around this principle. Once we focus on the good, I am more than convinced that it can and will snuff out all of the bad.
I promise you that life is made to be good, but when we must face the challenges that come along, we must be intentional with answering those challenges in the best way possible. Begin to do those things that are going to positively impact you while making you stronger and better.
Now, hold your head up, straighten your back, smile and Move Forward in Righteousness