Maybe you’re having a rough week at work and you just can’t get anything right. Maybe you’re in the middle of a life-changing transition: a relationship with a significant other is on the verge of breaking down, you’ve resigned from your job and you’re not sure of your next step, or you’re having financial woes. You may feel like you’ve made a complete mess of your life and you don’t know how to bounce back. Chin up, here are 10 things to remind you that hey, you’ve got this, and there’s still so much to be thankful for.
- You’re here to live and learn for another day
You’ve probably heard of the saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Cliché as it may sound, it’s true. Each challenge has led you to become the stronger, wiser and more resilient person that you are today. Continue to learn from your mistakes, recover from the setbacks with grace and move forward with confidence knowing that you’ll do so much better next time. Consider each experience as a teacher, molding you into who you are really meant to be.
- You’ve got your basic necessities covered
You have a comfortable bed to sleep in, a roof over your head, nice clothes to wear, and enough food and water to nourish you as you go about each day. Somewhere out there, there are people who have to make do with so much less, or they’re facing challenges so overwhelming that there are basics they would have to do without. Thinking about other people’s circumstances will give you a deeper appreciation for everything you have.
- You’re actively striving to be a better version of yourself
Realising that you could, and that you have the desire to be, a better person is the first step towards self-improvement. Continue to have that awareness and look at each new day as a fresh chance to work on who you want to become. You will not achieve this overnight, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s an ongoing process that will take time and effort – just don’t give up!
- You’re fit and able to work
If you are currently employed in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving job market, consider yourself blessed. If you have recently been let go from your post, take comfort in the fact that you could land a job again; you’ve done it before! Look at this temporary hiatus as an opportunity to start a new business venture or explore something you really love to do but you did not have the time to pursue it before. Keep in mind that you possess a unique set of skills and experiences that could make a difference in society or in someone’s life. Keep exploring.
- You have a world of knowledge and connections at your fingertips
We are living in the Age of Digital; you can access all the knowledge that you need and want with just a few mouse clicks. Seize the opportunity to learn and keep up with the latest trends and technologies.
And in this day and age, geographic barriers and time zone differences are a thing of the past. You can enrich your life even further by nurturing friendships with people from across the globe. Widen your network – you’ll never know, this might take your career to places you’ve never thought possible. You might find love. Open your mind to different cultures and perspectives.
- You have the power of choice
You could start each day feeling ugly or gorgeous; hopeless or optimistic; cynical or thankful. You could decide to turn in a project that’s just okay, or excel and give it your best shot. In this time of unprecedented opportunities, claim your power to choose, and choose wisely.
- You’re here, and you’re alive
You can feel the sun on your face and the wind ruffling your hair each morning; you can look up and count the stars at night. You can marvel at nature’s breathtaking beauty and be in awe of life’s everyday miracles. Make the most of being here, in this moment; it is a privilege denied to many.
- You have a list of dreams to fulfill
Whether it’s traveling to all the countries in the world, baking the perfect chocolate cake, learning to swim, completing an MBA degree, or performing in front of a huge audience, dreams give us something to look forward to and strive for. And there are no small or big dreams; each one is beautiful, each one is worth pursuing. Embrace yours and work towards making them a reality.
- You can laugh, forgive, and move on
Betrayal, jealousy, frustration, anger. You’ve felt these at one point or another. Instead of harbouring ill feelings that can weigh you down, you can just let go, laugh about it, forgive, and move on – each one of us has the ability to do all these and more.
- You have friends and family to be there for
When you feel that you’re at an all-time low, remember that you have friends and family who value you for the person that you really are and believe that you’re capable of being awesome. They know your weaknesses and love you anyway. Turn to them when you need to take a break from all your worries; allow them to boost your spirits until you’re ready to take on the world again.
At the end of the day, getting back on your feet is all about redefining your definition of success. And if you can endure failure after failure without losing your zest for life, then you’re on the right track. Hang in there, the best is yet to come.