When looking at a difficult challenge, it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelming task at hand. Remember that a mountain can only be climbed when small steps are put in front of one another. Much like overcoming a mental block, being able to pause and take a step-by-step approach to solve your problem will be your way out. When faced with a difficult obstacle, I follow these four steps:
Remember to Breathe
If you feel frustrated, allow yourself the time to process that frustration. Bring it back to reality, control it, and let it pass.
One Step at a Time
If you’re looking to climb Mt. Everest, your first goal isn’t the peak. It’s getting to the base camp. Remember, big goals are only achieved by small goals coming together.
Adversity is Part of the Human Experience
Once you understand that rough patches happen, it will be easier to address them, learn from them and move forward.
If you find yourself feeling stuck in an endless cycle, be kind to your mind. Sometimes the best thing we can do is give ourselves a mental break. Take a few minutes to allow your thoughts to rest. We take physical rests when we’re working out, but often forget to take mental rests when we’ve been thinking all day.
I remember feeling overwhelmed and anxious about a real estate presentation I once had to make. I was meeting a client and didn’t feel like I was operating at one hundred percent. I filled my head with all the ways I could fail. After I took a step back and a few deep breaths, I asked myself, “What’s your next step? Organize the presentation. Okay, I can do that. And after that? Rehearse the presentation, okay, I’ve done that before.” It was at that moment I realized all my assumed adversities were self-induced. Giving myself time to realize this saved me time and spared me from negativity. Before I knew it, the presentation had gone well, and the contract was being signed!
By Zack Sit
You can read this article in our Summer 2020 issue