“God tests His people through hardship. – John Piper”
Two things are true when it comes to hardship and struggle. We’re either going through it now or we’ve been through it before.
It just can’t be helped, it’s all a part of being human and living life.
When the hardships come and things start to turn ugly, most of us don’t know how to deal with it and end up crumbling into millions of pieces.
The pressure and the stress is simply too much to bare, or at least it seems that way. Things are almost always never as bad as they seem.
It’s the constant stressing and over exaggerating that makes life seem more difficult than it is at the time.
Ask yourself these 3 important questions to help you deal with hardship.
1. Is My Life At Risk?
Not long after I was made redundant from a warehouse job I had a debt to pay, and no money to pay it. I could of easily over stressed, got depressed and over exaggerated the situation to be more than it was.
I could of easily panicked and worried myself sick every time I received a letter about my unpaid debts, but at the end of the day, I’m alive and kicking.
My life wasn’t at risk and I was in no sort of life threatening danger. I just had debt problems and nothing more.
Try this approach If you’re going through tough times right now. Chances are, your life isn’t at risk at all so the situation isn’t as bad as you think it is.
2. Is My Health At Risk?
Are you prone to disease If the situation doesn’t improve soon enough? Is there a chance you could lose both of your kidneys? Will your lose your eyesight, lose an arm, or both of your legs?
Human beings have a tendency to over hype things. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it, the brain doesn’t know any better at times.
But If none of the above applies to you and your health, then can it really be that bad? I doubt it.
3. Can I Do Something About It?
During the time I was made redundant I was searching for solutions. I knew If I filled my head with negative thoughts, nothing would have changed for me.
I knew I had the power to change it, and that’s how I eventually started my own business. That was my way of doing something about it.
There’s no use complaining about something IF you have the power to change it.
Are your circumstances changeable? Can you change the situation and improve it? Can you physically do something about it? Are you in control of the outcome and what happens next?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions, you have the power to not only get through the hard times, but to better your life as well.
Not everything has to be changeable to make things right, sometimes it’s all about your attitude.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
Is there anymore you’d like to add to this 3 step list? Let me know in the comments!