Hardship Is Part Of The Journey
Part of Self-Compassion involves the knowledge that hardship is part of any journey to an inspirational life, and is often the catalyst for the great idea (s) that help you achieve long-term success. Think about it this way. Most of the ideas that you have are common. It is hard to build a life on something that you share with everyone else (unless it is self-compassion, of course!), so it would stand to reason that a unique idea is most likely found outside your comfort zone. Do you know what it is outside your comfort zone? You guessed it, discomfort!
It sure would be nice if someone would just show up to let us know how valuable our discomfort will be, or what wisdom we can gain from this discomfort, but they don’t. You might find some assurance in the history of successful people, and how their great success was almost always the product of hardship, failure, and the brink of financial and mental bankruptcy. However, we are pretty self-involved creatures, so it is a lot easier for us to trust wisdom that is self-manifested.
Hardship Is The Birthplace For Unique, Valuable Ideas
So, yes, adversity is important for success, and is, in fact, the birthplace of the unique ideas and practices that will separate you from the herd. Most people tend to run from adversity, which is why most people do not experience great success. Still, we want you to have every chance to succeed, so let’s look at a self-compassion practice that will help you tolerate adversity, so that it can be the birthplace of great financial, mental, and emotional, perhaps even spiritual (if you desire) gains.
4 Quick Steps Towards Finding Success Through Adversity
Step One, acknowledge the feeling, thought, or bodily sensation, name it, and locate it in the body. Step Two, soften around the tense parts of the body, while reminding yourself that you come by this necessary stress naturally. Step Three, write down three things that would make this adversity worthwhile. Step Four, make an action plan that helps you pursue one of these things a week for the next month. Make it something you can do every day. In a month’s time, come back to this practice, and measure your gains.
Hold On For One More Day
“Hold on for one more day” were important lyrics in a song that played often during my childhood. The wisdom of these words reminds you to live in the moment, and get through the day, if that is the best you can do. Consistency, not perfection, has been the criteria for a great life for a long, long time, and I do not see that recipe losing its potency or validity any time soon. Practice self-compassion. Be good to yourself. Hold on for one more day. A life worth living awaits you.
365 Days Of Self-Compassion. Day 195. In The Books.