As an entrepreneur, it often seems like the only constants in life are the challenges standing between you and your goals. These obstacles are things to be dreaded, leading only lead to stress, anxiety and self-doubt. At least, that’s what we’re conditioned to think, but it doesn’t have to be the case.
Simply put, the struggles we face offer us a path to growth and success: that is called living and everyone will learn, sooner or later, about how to embrace their own challenges. So let’s get started.
Here are a few pointers:
It’s all in how you perceive things: Try to find the joy and opportunity in even the darkest of situations and rest assured that the challenges you face aren't bad luck after all
Practice, practice and practice some more: The temptation to despair or blame others for things is often strong, but it can be overcome. The simple truth is that in any given situation, the only thing that you truly have control over is yourself. As difficult as it may seem, you always have the choice to recognize the obstacle for what it is, find something positive, and work like hell to push through it.
There’s no secret formula: The only way to nurture your own personal grit and capitalize on the opportunities that challenges offer is to demonstrate an unshakable will to thrive. That’s really all there is to it. It’s both the easiest and most difficult thing in the world. You simply have to want it badly enough to constantly push forward. Will you fail at times? Absolutely. Will it be easy? Never. The only thing you can do is keep at it. There is no secret formula for success. The only thing you need is the will to confront your struggles, the desire to find the joy in even the darkest times, and the determination to keep moving forward no matter what.
Now some practice and challenge: set up yourself to get in the greatest shape of your life. Give it 260 weeks. Maintain a journal and then send me your comments on what you learned! (Hint: whatever you set yourself for, simply enjoy the journey).
If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you and respond to all comments personally.
Phil Mora is a business consultant and CMO at Bold. I specialize in digital marketing, business development and entrepreneurship. A creative problem solver with a talent for strategic thinking and communication, I combine lessons learned from more than 15 years as a high-tech industry executive with my roots as a software technologist, product developer and digital marketeer. When I am not working on client projects, I am obsessed with with sports, fitness, wellness, nutrition and anything holistic: you’ll find me at the gym or outdoors training hard. I look forward to connecting with you!
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