Things don’t always go your way. Sometimes, projects don’t succeed, relationships go sour, and your health deteriorates. If you’re unsatisfied with your current situation, it can be tough to muster the energy to move forward. You might be lured into thinking that you just aren’t good enough to achieve the goals that you want to.
Don’t get stuck in the muck—every bad situation is an opportunity to learn something about yourself. And if you want to succeed, you need to believe in yourself. Here are some ideas that may reinvigorate your self-belief and give you the motivation to power through tough situations.
You are more talented than you know.
Tough situations can make it difficult to look at things in a positive light. Instead of admonishing yourself for your shortcomings, take some time to find the things you’re really good at. Understanding your strengths can give you the motivation you need to make changes to your life. There are several personality and strength assessment surveys available online that you can use to find out what makes you tick. Look at what you’ve achieved in the past to find the things that you are good at. Instead of trying to fix your weaknesses, leverage your strengths.
You always have a choice.
For some people, life might seem like a constant, uncontrollable stream of negativity. If you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you’re destined to a life of mediocrity, think again. You always have a measure of control over the things that happen in your life. Sure, you can’t control the weather. But, the next time you’re about to lose your cool over something a colleague did, take a deep breath and realize that in this moment, you can choose how to react. You can choose to stop accepting a listless life and chase your dreams instead.
You are unique.
You truly are one of a kind. As a combination of thoughts, experiences, abilities, and beliefs, you are different than any other human being who has ever walked the earth. Develop an appreciation for your unique gifts and try to discover your true purpose. Think about the things you would really like to change in the world. Think about how you can contribute to making this momentary existence better for everyone else.
What you do matters.
When you consider the age of the universe and the average lifespan of human beings, it is easy to think of whatever you do as inconsequential. But when you consider the impact of your work, you’ll see that you play an important role in the world. Helping others, either through a cause or an organization that resonates with you, or through your own work is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have.
You’re stronger than you think.
Human beings are incredibly resilient. Throughout history, people have endured extreme poverty and unfathomable torment and still gone on to do great things. If you’re feeling down or depressed, take comfort from the fact that someone has been in your shoes and overcome the obstacles you currently face with flying colors. If they could do it, so can you.
Your vibe is contagious.
If you want to feel better, make other people in your life feel better. Your energy rubs off on people in subtle and overt ways. If you make a concerted effort to be a purveyor of good energy, it will come back to you. Smile more when you meet people and good things will start to happen.
You only have one life, and you are in control of it. You need to decide whether you’re comfortable with a life of mediocrity, or whether you’re ready to do what it takes to live a life filled with adventure. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Draw hope and strength from the aforementioned facts and know that you are truly capable of great things.