From Perseverance To Breakthroughs
“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” — William Arthur Ward
When we set out to achieve our ambitions, we often face challenges that make us want to give up. But if we persevere, we can reach our full potential. Whether we give up or keep going is a defining moment that shapes our destiny. We need wisdom to know when to hold on and let go. Wisdom is seeing the big picture and making decisions in our best interests. It is also the ability to learn from our mistakes and grow as individuals. Knowing when to hold on and when to let go guides us through life’s challenges. It helps us stay focused on our purpose and avoid making impulsive decisions that could derail us. In my experience, breakthroughs happen when we least expect them. However, we must work towards our plans and not sit on the sidelines waiting for circumstances to change. Life works in mysterious ways, and we never know when things will come to pass. We must work consistently to bring what is in our hearts and mind to reality. It is often darkest before dawn, when breakthroughs occur because life may test our commitment to our desires. Do we want it, and are we willing to go to great lengths to make it happen?
Why do we have to endure inner turmoil, frustration, and anger to reap the rewards of our hard work? I don’t claim to know how the universe functions, and I wouldn’t want to pressure myself or convince you I know the answers. Having noticed the themes in my life and those I’ve coached over the years, circumstances occur unexpectedly. Therefore, we mustn’t allow the timeline of events to deter us from realizing our heart’s desires. Are you comfortable with this idea? Can you see that your task isn’t to solve life but use the information given to you to pursue your highest ambitions? If we hold the seed of the potential within us, we mustn’t allow outside conditions to stop us from achieving our chief aim. We mustn’t let life impose itself on us because obstacles await us on every street corner. Some enjoy telling us how hard life is; if we buy into that narrative, we become one of them.
Overcoming Rock Bottom
“Even in our darkest moments, we can find the strength to rise. Rock bottom is not the end; it’s a chance to rebuild and soar higher.” — Unknown
You are reading this article because the wisdom within you seeks to overcome your challenges. The moment before the miracle can be a terrifying and, equally, the most breathtaking moment of our life. It is the point where we want to give up, and a turning point occurs no sooner than we do. I’ve experienced these moments throughout my life, including being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma over twenty years ago. My diagnosis convinced me it was the end of my time here, yet it was the opening to a doorway I never imagined. When we meet with powers outside our control, we are called to practice humility and open-mindedness toward life. There are many things beyond our scope of understanding and awareness. We cannot possibly know the boundless miracles that await us when we trust in the unfolding of our life. I’m not claiming that letting go and trusting is easy. I still have difficulties letting go in respective areas of my life. After being told I was in remission, it wasn’t easy to trust in life since I controlled numerous areas of my health to get through my treatment. Letting go of control is a challenge for me, yet I show up and notice where I am clutching and resisting and do my best to work through it.
Sometimes, we need to hit rock bottom to find our way again. Rock bottom means clearing away what is no longer working and starting again, this time with a clean slate. Life can change instantly, and what we hold dear can be stripped away. There is no roadmap for how life functions because it has its natural laws, irrespective of our resistance to them. Rock bottom needn’t be a place we stay but a transitory state to help us make sense of our challenges. We learn more about ourselves when we overcome obstacles. We know to prioritize what is important to us, especially when pushed beyond our limits. Most people thrive in idyllic conditions but struggle outside their comfort zone. Nothing tests our inner resolve like obstacles, especially those we don’t expect. We may not know when things will improve, but we must keep hoping it will. We must remain confident that our troubles will pass. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, life is cyclical, and what appears to be a difficult period is a cycle passing through our lives to teach us essential insights. Therefore, we ought to hold steady to our commitment to our visions, knowing the miracle will happen before our eyes at the right time.
Rock bottom can feel challenging, but it also brings a chance for positive change. When we hit rock bottom, we confront our problems, and things can improve. We can stay stuck in our sadness or use this time to build a better life. If we choose to develop, we come out of rock bottom stronger and wiser. We learn more about ourselves and what matters. We gain the inner strength to overcome any problem and learn to appreciate the good things we used to ignore. So, if you ever feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, remember it’s not the end. It’s a new beginning. Think about: What have you learned about yourself in tough times? What matters to you now? How can your challenging experiences make you stronger for the future? When you think about these things, remember that while rock bottom is hard, it’s also a chance to start fresh.