Putting off practicing, when it comes to facing our fears, can be one of the most dangerous things we can do.
While it may be difficult, we need to seize every opportunity we can in order to make progress. I think we often get trapped into thinking that opportunities are defined as big moments that present themselves that we have to take hold of.
The problem comes into play when we define “big moments” as moments that are “out of our way” or “hard to come by”. In truth, opportunities don’t always have to be out of our way to be substantial. Every moment of our lives is a chance for us to prove to ourselves that we can get over our obstacles, even if that opportunity is stretching or doing something that exercises our minds.
The truth of the matter is this: anytime that we say that in the future we need to find more opportunities to face our fears is a sign that we need to make our own opportunity now. This may seem extremely difficult, but it’s true. It’s a lot easier for us to practice facing what holds us back when we aren’t in the middle of a crisis, but what makes it really challenging and worthwhile is when we try even harder than usual to get through what we are going through. I know that this may be simpler to write about than do, or simpler to talk about for that matter, but that doesn’t change the fact that we need to try our hardest.
Overcoming our obstacles is extremely important, and when you think about it, we really shouldn’t wait for an opportunity, when we can make them ourselves. Another important thing to remember is that no matter what others say, if you take advantage of the opportunities that either present themselves or you create, you are trying your best.
There are a lot of people in the world that assume that because we are struggling, we are not trying. Whether these people can acknowledge or not that we are taking steps to make progress, if we are seizing opportunities, then we shouldn’t be overly concerned with what they say or think. We need to remind ourselves that we are making progress and that we are searching ways to make our lives better.
So stop and ask yourself this: “Right now, at this moment, is there something I could be doing to help myself get through whatever I’m struggling with?”
More than likely there is something you can be doing right now. Even if it seems small or insignificant, anything positive that you can do in order to show yourself that you have the strength to get through your issues is something that will help. It doesn’t matter if someone else feels that the opportunity you’ve created or taken advantage of is too “small”. You need to be the one that seeks out opportunities and in the end makes progress happen!
You are able to get through your struggles, you already have the strength.
While there may be times when you find yourself making excuses (even if you don’t want to) for not making progress or trying to, there really aren’t any reasons that are good enough.
While it’s a good idea to go out of your way and find opportunities, this shouldn’t be a reason or excuse for not finding them in everyday situations.
There are opportunities all around, you just have to be willing to look for them and once you find them, use them to your advantage.