Emotional endurance is the ability to stay strong under challenging circumstances. Life is designed to present challenge after challenge – demanding you to stretch physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Without these challenges and unexpected shifts in life you would not grow. What you learn when you stay true to yourself, regardless of your circumstances, is that whatever is removed from your life is only removed so you can find a new direction.
1. Think big.
Say yes to whatever you desire. When you are challenged, envision a new dream for your reality. Be realistic about the work it will take to get there. If you have a passion for something and you believe it is your destiny to achieve it, then you can do it. Even if that dream is to leave a relationship, survive a breakup and move on, or build the career of your dreams. Think big.
2. Keep a journal.
Writing will help you find direction. It helps you get to know yourself deeply. It helps you to organize your mind and emotions and bring them together rather than operate miles apart. The heart is slower than the mind, so when you write you put these two mechanisms on the same page working in conjunction with each other.
3. Visualize your progress.
When you have an idea or a vision to follow, you need a structure created to back it up. The vision itself will naturally create goals that will lead you to successfully achieve what you want your new life to look like. The mind is extremely powerful, so create the vision and live the daily goals to get there. Soon, you will be living your new direction.
4. Analyze your beliefs.
Examine the beliefs that hold you back and how you have been living out fears that make you feel small. Take every new change as an opportunity to prove negative beliefs to be false. Jump outside of what you are used to and scare yourself a little in an effort to build confidence and resilience.
5. Do what you love.
When you love yourself, you will work hard for yourself. Without love there is no drive. Love is the fuel for endurance. If you do not have love you will not create forward moving progress. There is nothing more motivating than wanting to feel better. Love has no limits and this love-energy is where you pull endurance from. Love is what gets you through the times in life that seem horrible.
6. Take action.
The antidote to despair is action. To have endurance you need to be in consistent action, especially in the face of adversity. Put faith behind your action showing you believe your life will be better than before if you keep working hard and moving forward.
7. Have a positive attitude.
Maintaining a positive attitude and putting a crisis in its place is key. Choose how much drama and negative attention you give to your challenge. A positive attitude gives your pain a purpose. This is a priceless gift in creating your new life.
Our ability to succeed in life and in the face of adversity comes from inside. When your external world has fallen apart, it does not have to define you. Refuse to be defined by your adversarial and chaotic outer world. Pull from the power you have inside to comfort yourself, adjust to each moment, make a new plan, and take the steps necessary to create your new direction. You cannot find this new path if you are stuck and do not continue to move forward.
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