Handle Challenges In Positive Ways

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Hiding your head in the sand and wishing challenges would go away isn’t realistic. Trying to avoid challenges often causes more frustration. Here are a few tips to help you analyze the challenges and come up with workable solutions.

Break your challenge into bite-sized pieces.

1. Think of a challenge you’ll be facing. Write one sentence describing this challenge in as much detail as possible.

2. When you think about this challenge, what are the first thoughts that come to mind. Write your thoughts down. When you look at the words, what emotions do you feel? Are they empowering or disempowering?

3. What is the most troubling aspect of dealing with this challenge? Why is it the most troubling?

4. Write down the first thing you can do to deal with this troubling aspect so you can bring about closure and gain peace of mind.

5. When will you commit to beginning the activity in #4?

6. How can you prepare yourself for this first step? Do you need to seek out advice, research alternatives, update a resume, etc.?

7. Write an action plan to help you take this first step. Be sure to include a beginning and completion date. It’ll become a goal!

I’ve found that once I write out a challenge and take a good look at it, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. My advice, start somewhere and begin to take positive action one day and one step at a time.


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