It’s no secret that life is all about challenges. We all face them at some point in our lives. But, it’s how you respond and turn those challenges into opportunities that in large part defines how successful you will be in both life and in business.
Here are 5 steps you can take to tour your challenges into opportunities:
Step 1 – Start with a deep breath
Challenges can be overwhelming and scary. The last thing you want to do is work from a place of fear or a misguided sense of urgency. That’s why the first thing you should do is when faced with a challenge is stop and take a deep breath. Take the time to remind yourself that each challenge is an opportunity to grow, a chance to come out better on the other side of it.
Step 2 – Do one thing in that moment
When it comes to turning challenges into opportunities, you want to start as soon as possible. Once you’ve identified what the challenge is, look for that one action you can take in the first moment to start the process.
It doesn’t matter how small this first action is. It could be something tiny. The point is that you’re starting to take action. You’re forcing yourself to move from a state of fear and anxiety into one of taking control. It takes you right out of a fixed mindset and into a growth mindset.
Step 3 – Create your strategy
Now that you’re set in motion, it’s time to start directing that energy. This is where you want to take a few minutes (or even a day or two if the challenge is particularly big) to map out a strategy. Where do you want to go? What will it take to get there? Put your roadmap into writing and don’t forget to mark down some milestones so you can measure your progress along the way.
Step 4 – Take the necessary actions
Next, it’s time to do the work. What do you need to do today or this week to move closer to reaching that first mile marker? Focus on that. Do what you need to do to make that progress. Remind yourself of the big end reward. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of staying persistent and getting the work done.
Step 5 – Review and reflection
This last step is easy to overlook, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you skip it. The idea is to take some time to ponder what it took to overcome a challenge after the fact. What did you learn? How did you grow? How did this make you stronger or better?
If you look long and hard enough, you will find something positive in every single challenge you face. Maybe you didn’t make it through as gracefully as you thought. Maybe the outcome wasn’t what you’d hoped for. But you made it through, and you improved in the process. It’s important to acknowledge this. It will make navigating the next challenge that much easier.