Your Voice: How to face challenges head-on
Seek support, learn from your mistakes, don’t compare yourself with anyone, and at last, take a deep breath.
Some of the best advice I’ve received is to face up to the challenges you are experiencing, regardless of how difficult they seem. With this in mind, here are some things to think about.
Seek support: Do your best to deal with challenges and find the best solutions wisely and honestly. Try to understand exactly what the issues are. This may help to find a way out, slowly but surely. If it feels too difficult, don’t be embarrassed to seek help and support from your family and trusted friends. In this way, the obstacles you face can often be resolved.
Learn from your mistakes: Be accountable for the mistakes you make, at home and in the workplace. Hold your hand up and own errors without blaming others. Work hard to find a solution, and remember what you need to do differently next time. Also remember that it’s normal to make mistakes, particularly when we’re trying something new or different. It’s part of the learning process.
Avoid comparing yourself with others: Don’t simply look at how others approach challenges. Learn from others, sure. But embrace your individuality and try to be better than you were yesterday, rather than better than anyone else.
Take a deep breath: When something goes wrong, don’t panic. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you make, just like you forgive others for theirs. Consider ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, and speaking with a health care provider. Prioritize your health and well-being, and that of your family, friends, and colleagues.
Meeting challenges head-on isn’t easy, but with determination and practice, anything is possible. You may find that your relationships — at home and at work — benefit.
Your Voice reflects the thoughts and opinions of the writer, and not necessarily those of the publication.