STRUGGLE = GROWTH. STRUGGLE = STRENGTH. Struggle does not = failure.
STRUGGLE & FAILURE are good things because they teach resiliency, they teach lessons, and ultimately, they BOTH LEAD TO SUCCESS. Without struggle, there can be no success. (And if there is/was no struggle – Did you really challenge yourself? Did you grow? Did you improve? Was it fulfilling? Did you actually accomplish something? Be honest with yourself.)
The road to SUCCESS is never linear. It’s like riding a roller coaster (there are ups & downs). Success… the finish line… the end result… the win… the graduation… the promotion… the investment… the launch… the A+/HD… whatever it is… that’s what you see. The victory. The highlight reel. From afar, it may appear easy. But what you seldom see is everything that occurs in the lead up to that success… The failures. The setbacks. The obstacles. The doubts. The disappointments. The late nights & early mornings. The tears. The naysayers. The discomfort. The sacrifices. The risks. The mistakes. The hard work. The courage. The persistence. The discipline. The lessons… We all endure struggles, setbacks & defeat. It’s part of life. We may not be able to control the struggles we face, but we CAN control our response & attitude towards them (after all, struggle builds character). When you replace “Why is this happening to me?” with “What can I learn from this?”, everything shifts.
If you’re facing adversity, remember that struggle is only temporary. So enjoy the ride, the highs & the lows – all of it! Seek out the positives. Learn the lessons. Don’t make excuses. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, get back on track and KEEP GOING towards that finish line. Crawl if you must. But DON’T ever QUIT. FOCUS on what you need to do to reach that victory and ALWAYS STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE. #tunnelvision There is no timeline and it is not a race. Don’t compare yourself to others (we don’t all have the same set of circumstances… it’s like comparing apples with oranges). IGNORE the doubters & naysayers (you’ll only ever be criticised by someone doing less than you and often it stems from their own jealousy & insecurities anyway). And remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel!