Struggle as a Mindset

We’re always struggling, aren’t we? Whether it’s to get out of bed early enough for a productive day, to go to bed early enough at night for a good night’s sleep, or everything in between, we’re struggling. But it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. The best way to handle it is to shift your perspective regarding the connotation of the word struggle. Rather than an obligatory, negative, and isolated experience, choose to see struggling as a positive and consistent lifestyle which gets results.

Think about the first time you tried riding a bike. It was probably pretty tough figuring out how to maintain your balance sitting on a little seat above those two skinny wheels. But after a struggling to figure it out, you eventually got it. Now you’ve probably gained enough skills that you don’t even have to think about how to balance. Heck, you could pop-a-wheelie on your bike if you wanted to!

Remember when you first started learning to drive a car? There was so much to pay attention to! You had to learn how to start the car, shift gears, turn on the blinkers and windshield wipers (and remember to turn them off again, too). You had to know how intersections and lights work. Oh, and don’t forget about learning the meaning of symbols on road signs and watching out for pedestrians and know what was considered an appropriate parking spot. Now I bet you make it all the way to work without even thinking about more than one or two of those things, if that.

Sure, some struggles are longer lasting and much more painful. Think back to the first time you fell in love. Or the first time you fell out of love. Perhaps you’ve had an injury that required time and attention to heal. Maybe you’ve received a diagnosis that you’re still having to give time and attention every day. It’s possible you’re struggling to figure out how to pay the bills this month or how you’ll have enough money for retirement.

The point is this: no matter what stage of life you’re in, you’re struggling with something. Whether or not you have control over the matters of your struggle doesn’t matter; what does matter is your mindset.

Use your mind as a tool that serves you. Don’t let it be an obstacle that gets in your way.

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