Predict and be Ready for Hard Times Before They Happen

by Rachel Miller

February 25, 2022

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When things have been feeling good for a while—if you’ve been feeling good, confident, sure—take this as your sign that discomfort is coming. Challenging times are just around the corner. This is not a time to worry but to focus.

Consider:

  • Before you lament this difficulty before you, remember the fruits of what challenges like this mean: growth, new insights and perspectives—change that ultimately makes you happier. The hard times actually allow you to enjoy more good times to their fullest.

  • Acknowledge that this is the way of things. Yesterday felt good, today may feel more challenging—that’s OK. This the way things go. Whether good times or hard times your response remains the same: maintain your focus on what’s before you, one action at a time.

  • When you’re in the thick of it, this is the time to step closer. To embrace the challenge. This is the time to delve deeper, not to numb or distract. This is the nitty-gritty, the eye of the storm, and the moment you walk into that storm, the moment you accept the challenge versus resist, is the moment it gets that much easier—you relax a little—and the sooner it’s gone. The faster you overcome the hard times and get to the good times ahead.

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