We all find ourselves in difficult positions throughout our life’s journey. Maybe we have too much on our plate at home or at the office. Perhaps we feel like life has become increasingly difficult for us for no good reason. We may even let ourselves become consumed by despair and feel like we’ll never progress toward our goals.
MSPs, when you find yourself mired in a stressful or difficult situation, you have two choices: throw in the towel or choose to persevere. You can be part of the solution you’re looking for. All you need to do is make a few minor yet profound changes to help you get back up, keep fighting, and help you grow in your position.
Here are just 6 easy tips to help you continue moving forward:
Stop Comparing – It can be incredibly easy to become distracted and downtrodden when you notice others around you achieving their goals faster and seemingly better than you. Let me tell you a little secret: it doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. What matters is where you are on your very unique path. Stop measuring yourself against your peers; it won’t serve you well. Acknowledge where you are, accept it, and focus on realizing your dreams.
Be Your Biggest Cheerleader – Receiving the love, support, and motivation of those around you and feeling like a true part of a team can do wonders to help inspire you. However, there may come times in your life when you may find yourself alone. When this happens, you need to look within yourself to help you dig in deeper and keep moving forward. Talk to yourself like you would a dear friend. Treat yourself well. And if you find yourself surrounded by a wonderful group of supportive people, don’t take them for granted, for you are blessed with a luxury.
Become a Problem-Solver – When situations become increasingly difficult and obstacles seem interminable, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and look for a way around it. Instead of looking to retreat, tackle the problem like an executive. Ask yourself what you can do differently. Channel your energy toward helping you overcome the problem ahead instead of looking for a way out.
Focus on Your Next Step – Your end objective may seem looming and intimidating to you at times. Maybe you feel like it’s impossible to achieve your goals and you begin to doubt your abilities. When that happens, focus on putting one foot in front of the other to reach your target slowly yet surely in bite-sized goals. Write this famous Chinese proverb on a sticky note and keep it close by: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Practice Makes Perfect – A little bit of stress can serve as a positive motivator for us. However, too much stress can become demoralizing and paralyze us. When you feel the pressure building, don’t let the feeling of needing to do everything perfectly consume you. Rather, see the situation in a new light and look at it as an opportunity to learn and improve. Face your fears head-on and do the best you can. Learn what you did right and what you can work on in the future in each situation. Nobody’s perfect, so don’t hold yourself to those impossible standards!
“Yet” Is the Key Word – Let’s face it. We may want to be the best in something, but the truth is that there will always be someone smarter or more talented than you. Knowing this can fuel our insecurity and make us feel like giving up. Just remember this: you may not be good at something yet, but if you put effort toward learning and improving yourself, you can certainly achieve the level you want to reach.
The key to all of this, MSPs, is to keep trying. Setbacks happen in everyone’s lives, and they will certainly happen in yours. Don’t let them get you down. Just keep persevering, and you will reach your goal! SMILE!