Struggles are a part of life. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they show up even if you don’t expect them or prepare for their arrival. The influential as well as the unknown will experience their share of struggles. The wealthy as well as the poor will experience them too. No one is immune to this fact of life, regardless of his social standing, sex or family of origin.
Even though struggles may be difficult to encounter, they can provide a wealth of knowledge to the one experiencing the struggle. A person doesn’t really know what he is made of unless pressure is applied. He can verbalize how strong he is, how powerful he is and what he can endure, but he will never know for sure unless he experiences challenges and difficulties. He may even think that he is frail and feeble, but experiencing a struggle may prove him otherwise.
Only that person can decide how he will react to a struggle. He can rejoice in spite of it, make it through to the other side, ask for help or fold under the pressure. Regardless his response, he must know that with struggle comes knowledge, and it is up to him whether he will glean from the experience or not. One thing is certain, if he doesn’t learn the lesson that the struggle brings, it will be difficult for him to move forward.
Examine an area that may be causing you difficulty. Is it your finances, health, family, attitude or friends? Brainstorm and write out a list of possibilities of how you can deal with the issue. Write down every productive solution you can think of (not those that will cause harm or injury to another); you can even ask others for ideas if you get stuck. After you’ve written down several positive solutions, pick one and give it a go. If that one fails, try another. The key is not how quickly you come up with a solution, but that you find a solution that works. If nothing more, change your perception about the situation. If these things fail, seek help. Sometimes someone not involved in the situation can give you insightful information. In any case, learn from the experience. Refuse to fail the grade because you failed to learn the lesson that your struggle presented.