Hard Through (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

Life is a series of ups and downs. Sometimes you're on top, and sometimes you're on the bottom. But it is during the difficult times that we require a little more support and guidance.

I am a firm believer that how you respond in times of defeat defines the type of person you are.

When you improve your ability to deal with adversity, you not only live a happier life, but you also grow as a person. Here's how to make it easier to get through tough times:

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1. Maintain a Positive Attitude

“Life is not supposed to be the way it is; it is the way it is. What makes a difference is how you cope.” Virginia Satir is an example of a formalized formalized formalized formalized formal

Now, I realize this may sound cliche, but the thing about cliches is that they are usually true. Staying positive is only a small part of overcoming adversity, but it is an important part.

When you maintain a positive attitude, you put yourself in the best position to not only get through the difficult times, but to grow as a person as well.

When life takes a turn for the worse, you have two options. You can choose to stay positive and remind yourself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that you will get through it, or you can curl up in the fetal position and accept that you are nothing more than a victim of circumstance.

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I'm not saying you can't ever have a bad day, get discouraged, or cry. But I believe you must eventually pick up the pieces and begin moving forward.

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2. Be Innovative

There are times when you have little control over your situation. You simply have to accept it. However, there are times when you can actively work to improve the situation.

The solution will not be obvious, because if it were, you would not have found yourself in this situation in the first place. However, if you can take a step back and look at the big picture, you might find something that can help you.

The story behind Wrigley's gum is a great example of being creative during a difficult time. In the 1890s, the founder, William Wrigley Jr., was a soap and baking powder salesman who always gave away free gum to all of his customers. When his sales career took a turn for the worse, he noticed something that would change his life forever: people preferred the gum he gave away more than the products he was selling. It was that one creative insight that got him through that difficult period and catapulted him to fame.

3. Draw Lessons from Difficult Times

“Difficulties are unavoidable; learning from them is optional.” – Sir John Maxwell

When I'm in the middle of a bad situation, I like to pick everything apart to figure out what went wrong and what I could've done differently. I always end up learning something useful, and I eventually have a very clear picture of what I need to do to avoid being in the same situation again. Or, if I do find myself in a similar situation, I know what to do to make the situation as easy as possible.

It's easier to get through a difficult period if you know the chances of it happening again are slim to none.

4. Switch It Up

You only need to make a change after you've identified the key takeaways from your difficult time. If you can make a change right away, go ahead and do it. You don't want to be in a difficult situation for any longer than necessary. If you can't implement it right now, make a note of it so you can use it when the situation calls for it.

But it's pointless to learn from adversity if what you've learned doesn't have a direct impact on your actions.

I've learned to appreciate the difficulties and challenges that life throws at me because I know there's a silver lining in every one of them. You're a lot tougher than you give yourself credit for.

5. Recognize What You're Thankful For

Gratitude is expressing gratitude for all that is good in your life rather than focusing on the negative. Make a list of everything you're thankful for.

Write down everything in your life that you are grateful for having or experiencing. An even more powerful exercise is to consider the one person for whom you are most grateful and write a note explaining why you are grateful to have that person. Then call him or her and read the note to them.

When compared to everything that is going well in your life, the difficult time you are going through will seem insignificant.

6. Concentrate on what you can control rather than what you can't

Some situations are beyond your control, and no matter what you do, nothing will change. When you devote your time and energy to things over which you have no control, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. You're also making the situation appear even more dire than it is by focusing on the negatives.

Instead, concentrate on the things you can change because that is the only way to make a difference that will benefit you. Make a list of everything you can control about the situation and direct your entire attention to those items. Anything that isn't on the list receives no attention.

7. Recognize how far you've come

We can become so focused on the road ahead that we never look back to see how far we've come. Give yourself credit for everything you've accomplished so far.

You'll feel more confident when you realize how far you've come, and the light at the end of the tunnel will become brighter.

8. Strengthen Your Community

When times are tough, having the right people around you is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You want to be surrounded by people who are loving, caring, honest, and available to you.

You require their love because a little love always makes the bad days seem a little brighter. You require them to be caring because it is beneficial to have someone who is concerned about your well-being as much as you are.

But you also need them to be truthful. You require someone who can look you in the eyes and tell you the truth. Their candor may be the one piece of information you require to get through this difficult time.

And you must have them available. When you pick up the phone in search of compassion or honesty, it helps to have someone who will actually answer.

Community is also important because having someone who understands what you're going through and can relate to your situation is beneficial. If you can find a community that has been through what you're going through, you can learn how they got through it and then apply what you've learned to your own life.

9. Be Gentle to Yourself

To survive difficult times, you must take care of yourself. Take a walk in the park, lift some weights, or read a great book. It doesn't matter what you do; just do something that engages your mind and body more than wallowing in self-pity.

1o. Pardon

If someone else is to blame for the bad situation you're in, the natural reaction is to harbor resentment or anger toward that person.

But what if you instead forgave that person? You accepted what happened, but you didn't hold it against them any longer. You'd feel better because, instead of focusing on your negative feelings toward that person, you'd be able to focus on moving forward.

You can't get through a difficult time if all you can think about is how angry you are with the person who got you into this mess. It merely complicates matters.

Or perhaps the difficulty you're experiencing is a direct result of something you did. I've been there before, and I know I constantly chastise myself for it. I was unable to forgive myself. I almost felt compelled to be critical of myself.

The problem is that it only makes matters worse. You get caught in a revolving door of self-hatred and worsening feelings, and there's a swirl of anger, frustration, and self-doubt. It's a recipe for disaster in the end.

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