Four Steps to Overcoming Challenges

Many people wish life was easier. Our personal and professional lives are beset with challenges and obstacles that at times can seem to make things more difficult than we might life. Yet, if we never encountered any challenges, we would become stagnant and growth would grind to a halt. Challenges help us uncover who we are while allowing us to become better people. But in order to maximize that growth we have to employ a process that will allow us to overcome challenges in a successful way–putting us on the road to growth. Let’s examine a very simple 4-step method to overcoming challenges.

Identify and face the challenge

First, start by stating the problem clearly and acknowledging it. When we are faced with challenges, we might tend to want to avoid the real issue, run the other way, and even bury our heads in the sand hoping it goes away on its own. Or we might find ourselves employing methods of avoidance, unconsciously (or consciously) recognizing there is an issue, but instead of facing it and plowing through, you look for another path to avoid the challenge. Perhaps you even head in a direction you really don’t want to go just because it’s easier than facing the real issue. Sadly, this rarely works out for us, and can set us on a path that we really don’t want to be on. When we avoid or go out of our way to avoid our issues, we cause more headaches for ourselves in the long term. It takes more of our time, it takes more of our energy and we don’t get the end result we are looking for.

Take the time to really understand what the challenge is. Identify it, say it out loud or write it down so it becomes real to you. Ask yourself, “What is the challenge I’m facing?” Try to form it as a question. “What is being asked of me?” “What is the main goal?” Try to clearly outline the issue as much as you can so you can frame the challenge as much as possible. You can even write this all down on paper in order to help. The important thing is to know what the challenge is. This will allow you to identify how to overcome it.

Identify your resources

Second, once you know the problem, identify what you have at your disposal to help you. What resources are available to you to work through the challenge? List all of the resources out. These could include tangible things like assets such as money, computer, books, etc. They could be intangible items such as personal skills or even other people you need to ask for assistance. Knowing what skills you have, what are your strengths are, and where you excel will enable you work through this.

Prepare a strategy for overcoming the challenge

Third, design the strategy to overcome this challenge. Utilize all your assets to create a plan of action. Think about how you can use the tangible and intangible assets you identified to assist you. Write down the way you plan to overcome the challenge. You may find this plan will need to be adjusted as you execute it, but that’s ok. Keep at it. You are developing a system that can aid you in future challenges.

Be determined to execute the strategy

Lastly, execute the strategy with effort and determination. Do your very best with all you have to overcome your challenge. If you find that you still cannot overcome a challenge, then re-evaluate–come at it from a different angle. If your strategy just won’t work because it isn’t viable or effective then change it. If your strategy doesn’t work because you didn’t execute it well enough, be persistent and tweak your efforts, giving it more time and focus. A little tenacity isn’t a bad thing.

This methodology, while extremely basic, can be a proven method for success with a little focus and determination. Try utilizing this method on small challenges and see how easy they are to overcome. Then try it on the bigger things! Remember, overcoming challenges is just a first step away.

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