Struggling in life is something we all go through, and it can feel like we’re not performing at our best. However, just because you’re struggling, it doesn’t mean you’re failing. When we’re facing struggles, it’s easy to consider giving up and losing hope. But it’s vital to our livelihood to keep pushing forward and trusting in God for what’s ahead. We must shift our mindset away from negative thoughts about ourselves and understand the role or position we’re in during this season so that we can operate in it more effectively. We also can’t function completely void of others, so we must build strong relationships that foster growth, resilience, and success. Remember, our struggles do not define us, and we have the power to push through and become the Most Valuable Player in our story. The overall goal for all of us is to fulfill our purpose, not just to achieve the accomplishments.
…because I can’t see what life looks like moving forward. However, because of the determined soldier within me, who knows that there is still more ahead and that my calling and purpose depend on me continuing to go forward; I know that I have to keep running. Everything that lies ahead for me is contingent upon it. But that doesn’t make it easier or make feel any better.
When shift happens it’s usually beyond our control and with no pre-warnings. One day we just wake up and we’re in the middle of SHIFT. And because we could never quite have expected it, in those early moments, SHIFT feels like sh^t. But do not categorize them in the same way. Sh^t is meant to hurt and draw attention to the despair of where you are. Shift comes to help you evolve to the next level of yourself and get you closer to where you were purposed to be.
If we think about it (and most of us don’t have to think about it too long), we can all think of times where we felt like we were handed a bag of lemons; whether it be in school, on our jobs or businesses, in our marriages and relationships, with our children, or in our health. We’ve all faced some difficulty to give us cause to become bitter. No matter our age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status, none of us are exempt from experiencing difficulties, or has the ability to control how or when they come; but we can control of how we respond and process through them. In any case, our goal should never be to become bitter…but to get better.
“Rear its ugly head” is a term I have heard people say when referring to problems. Meaning, as soon as things seem to be going well, here comes something bad that happens that “rears up its ugly head.” When trouble “rears its ugly head” don’t get off course or become afraid. Make the necessary adjustments, but don’t quit.