How do you handle the tough times?

Read the news lately? Here are a few recent headlines – “Recession Is Now Officially Here”, “Report Says Petrol Prices Could Soon Top Thirteen Rand”, “XYZ Company Makes Massive Retrenchments”, “Inflation Soars” and “Interest Rates Will Increase”.

While the world seems to be falling down around us, a small group of enlightened individuals realise and accept that business is cyclical and that we will always live in a permanent balance of boom times or recession. Here are 7 ways that I recommend to manage and handle the tough times:

1. You and you alone are responsible for your response.
No matter how difficult or frustrating a situation is only you can control how you act. You have the ability to reflect, evaluate, strategise and make a decision. You can’t control the situation, but you do have full control of how you respond to it. There is tremendous power in accepting a situation and taking full responsibility to improve it.

2. Ask yourself, “What is the opportunity here and how am I benefiting from this experience?” In every single situation there is an opportunity. What is your challenge telling you? Do you need to repair a relationship? Should you change the way you do business? Find new resources? Your response and solution to tough times will always take you to the next level. This approach is empowering.

3. Do your very best and let life and the universe take care of the rest.
When things are difficult it’s more important than ever to pursue excellence. Focus on what you can control and execute brilliantly. Then go home and release it. Tomorrow will always be there at 6am. So don’t stress – switch off – the situation will always be waiting the next day.

4. Disengage from the noise.
Find some peace and quiet. Spend time in nature or with your family. Go to an art gallery or listen to music. Get away from the noise and chatter of the situation. This is a time for calm and to rejuvenate your spirit, soul and energy levels.

5. Don’t take tougher times personally.  A tough time is an event, not a person. You are not alone in the lifeboat.

6. Take great care of your health.
Challenging situations can energize us. They can also wear us down. Be sure to work out and eat superbly. Try and rest well.

7. And remember – THE TOUGH TIMES WILL END. More importantly, will you be ready to take advantage of the good times?

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell