Women Never Giving Up –
Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles
For many of us, challenges are a daily part of our reality. As women, we face obstacles and difficult situations in our personal lives, relationships, professions, and careers – there is no escaping them. We can experience relationships failing and ending, families falling apart, failing at school, losing jobs and careers. At one point or another, we will reach these crossroads that will push us out of our comfort zones and threaten our foundations and sense of self.
However, as difficult as they may be, challenges, obstacles, and pain are a necessary part of our growth. Instead of succumbing to despair and self-doubt, we need to see these challenges as opportunities and use them to drive us to continue pushing forward. Just as a caterpillar needs to challenge itself to break free from its cocoon, so does facing and overcoming challenges are necessary for us to grow and become better versions of ourselves. In our journey, failing is an option but giving up is not.
And as giving up is not an option, moving ourselves forward despite the challenges is a responsibility we owe to ourselves and the people around us. Yes, going through challenges and obstacles is never comfortable but we are not meant to falter and give up at the first sign of struggle. It is important to develop perseverance as a way to combat self-doubts, inner sabotage, and defeatist behaviors. So take a deep breath and take one step at a time.
We have to be survivors – never letting go of hope, always moving forward to avoid being stuck in a rut, and reaching out to others in a network of support. We have to work hard to make ourselves better, improve our performance, and succeed in our endeavors.
What are the things you can do to help you overcome challenges?
· Have a mindset of opportunity versus failure
Look at challenges as opportunities to be stronger, better, and wiser. Don’t set yourself up for failure by putting yourself down even before trying
· Take one day at a time
Facing a challenge can be overwhelming and you won’t help yourself if you throw yourself to overthinking three to five different thoughts in your head. Take a deep breath and focus on one thing at a time.
· Make a plan of action
Idleness can make challenges worse. If we sit all day doing nothing, these challenges and obstacles won’t go away. When faced with a challenge – no matter what it is – tell yourself to do something about it. It can be as something as small as writing down a list of things you want to do. That sense of achievement from doing something can lead you to a path of greater productivity, a calmer mind, and a sense of control
· Reach out to friend
Challenges are personal but that doesn’t mean you should face them alone. Reach out to families, friends, and your network of support. Attend groups, activities, and meetings with other women.
Pray and recharge spiritually
Challenges are the most opportune time to run to a higher source, the universe or for some, faith. Recharge yourself spiritually by praying, listening to gospel music, and affirmations.
Challenges can be a way of telling us to slow down and turn back to being our true self. We can only do so much on our own, but with going back to the source, we will find strength to never give up.
However, never giving up does not always mean keeping at it until it breaks down to your will. Sometimes, never giving up means accepting the inevitable and accepting the change that comes with it, be it a change of mindset, attitude, or circumstance. Stubbornness can only bring as so far but we also have to be wise to realize if a situation can no longer progress any further and have the courage to accept our limitations and change course.
Change is always possible. It is never too late to change careers, change an outlook, or change an attitude. Love and relationships evolve and change, too, and in cases where they no longer nurture but hurt, it is time to stop and shift gears. You are important and valuable – so focus on never giving up on yourself. This can mean putting yourself first and making sure you are in good place to take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Don’t be afraid of change amidst challenges. It is what allows us to learn, to grow, and to discover more about ourselves and what we are capable of. Don’t rush the process of your growth and your development. Good things come to those who wait, and change takes time. Look forward to reaching your destination and likewise, take the time to enjoy your journey going there.