10 Tips to Get Through Hard Times

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  • Each morning as we wake up we have a choice to determine the direction of the day. We can go into default mode and wake up fearful and worried about things like how am I going to pay the bills, heal this relationship, find a job, etc….. or we can make the conscious decision to choose the kind of day we’d like to experience. Many times the events of the day happen so quickly, we get caught up in the drama and we truly feel that we don’t have a choice. Things just happen. Bad things happen to good people.

    But, even in the midst of confusion, pain or suffering, we do have a choice in our reaction to our circumstances. No matter what happens, we get to choose how to react to it. I’m the first to admit that this is often difficult to remember when life is smacking us in the face. It’s so much easier to do when we intentionally set the tone for our day BEFORE we jump into it.

    Personally, I find that the first 15 minutes of my day is the most important part of the entire 24 hours. It’s like putting the train on the right track at the beginning of the day rather than trying to right a derailed train later.

    Here are a few tips to help you through difficult times and help you take control of your day- before it ever begins.

    As you wake up tomorrow morning, remind yourself of these things….

    1.) Don’t buy into what appears as real. You are not your problems. You are not your failures. You are a magnificent being with unlimited potential.

    2.) Hold the vision of what you WANT to happen, not what appears to be happening. Stay with the vision. See it, share it, feel it. Focus on what you want to bring into your life rather than what might appear to be showing up.

    3.) Keep the faith. When scary things happen, remember to go inside and renew your faith that everything is unfolding as it should. You are a child of God, no less then the moon and the stars. Certainly if the entire Universe works with perfection and we’re an integral part of it, then things are happening as they should for us too. Our challenge isn’t to deal with what may appear as a problem, but to find the blessing in the situation. Find the gift in what’s happening around you.

    4.) Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Remember that fear is just an illusion. It’s simply energy that can be redirected to excitement, just by changing your focus.

    5.) Remember, this too shall pass. All things come and go. Change is the only thing that’s constant in our lives. Be open. Adapt. Know that what may appear as a mountain in front of you will soon be a molehill behind you. Knowing this too shall pass enables us to get through anything.

    6.) Remember your inner magnificence! You are an infinite being with unlimited potential. Seriously, when you think about it in that way, would an infinite being be afraid of anything? YOU are infinite. You are a part of something so much bigger than yourself or your problems. Tap into that greatness and put things in perspective.

    7.) Surround yourself with people who support you. On days that you forget your magnificence, they’ll be there to remind you of how amazing you are and help you see the beauty and possibility of life. They’ll be there to help you achieve your dreams and contribute to the world in a bigger way.

    8.) Realize that you are not alone. You are part of God, the Universe, a greater consciousness or whatever you may call that overpowering, loving force of Nature. You are not meant to walk alone, nor can you ever really do so.  We are intertwined and are all part of one another. We are all the same. And we are walking this path together, going through the same things, learning the same lessons. Be compassionate with one another.

    9.) Practice gratitude. When you count your blessings a world of abundance opens unto you. And if what you focus on grows, then let it be gratitude.

    10.) Go do something for someone else. Start your day asking yourself, “How can I be of service” and watch your own problems diminish. The perceived size of your problem will diminish in direct proportion to the how much you give to others. Be there for one another.

    Reread this again tomorrow morning, put this into action in your own life and let me know how it works for you. We’re here to help remind you that you can do, be or create anything in your life. We’re walking the same path with you and we’re here to support you in any way. Please, let me know how we can be of greater service to you. Now, go make your day rock!

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    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    13 replies
    1. D.A. Schweiss
      D.A. Schweiss says:

      Hello, Gail!

      Thank you for this post. It helped make me feel better on a rough day. You’ve presented a lot of great advice that I all too often forget, so I’ve bookmarked this page. I’ll take your suggestion and reread it again tomorrow, and the next day, etc.

      Have a great day!
      Dieter

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      • jessica marionn
        jessica marionn says:

        The best advice anyone could follow for a better life and happiness–law of attraction does really work in any situation.

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    2. Louise Altman
      Louise Altman says:

      Wonderful and stellar advice always. If we could just focus on one of these points, we’d be better able to steer our emotions in the directions of our choice.
      I believe that your practice of being conscious of the first 15 minutes is really important, an excellent reminder!
      Thx Gail!

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    3. Carol CP
      Carol CP says:

      These certainly ring true for me! I would also add – look for the small miracles! They are often not what you might expect, but they are there.

      Hugs to you!
      Carol

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    4. Jody urquhart
      Jody urquhart says:

      Fear and hold the vision of what you want is the most impactful to me. These two are great reminders especially when you struggle. If you can control your fears and keep a vision of what you want , you can’t go wrong

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    5. Ingrid E. Albrecht
      Ingrid E. Albrecht says:

      I remember going through some terrible tough times a while back, and a dear friend always told me “This too shall pass”. IT DID! But I have found that when I count my blessings my problems seem not so severe as I originally thought. BEING GRATEFUL helps tremendously.

      Thank you for these reminders!

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    6. M
      M says:

      I just wanted to say that I have been searching for advice or tips on how to get through hardtimes for quite some time now. This is GOLD. The best I have come across yet. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I will be sharing this with my wife too. Thank you.

      Reply

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