When the Going Gets Tough… Lifestyle Design InspirationFellow lifestyle designers and adventurers, you know the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”? That’s what today’s post is all about. How do you handle the ebb and flow of life – and the waves that sometime crash upon your shores?

Problems are unavoidable. In creating the life of your dreams, it’s a fact that things are not always going to go as you plan them. It’s an imperfect world and we all lead imperfect lives. What makes the difference between those who enjoy lasting success and those still struggling to find it can come down to one small thing: how we handle life’s imperfections. Here’s a blueprint to kickstart your resiliency! You’ll be scoring home-runs on life’s curveballs in no time…

Drama is as Drama Does

…which isn’t much. Drama doesn’t serve many purposes outside of the arts. Resist the temptation to mope and over-generalize. If something went wrong, it just means one thing went wrong. Most likely, everything else is intact. It’s key to your success to not take on a doomsday attitude. Confront the problem head-on and then… move on.

It’s Not About You

It’s about your life. Don’t take problems too personally. If someone does something that hurts or upsets you, focus on the overall quality of your life. Getting angry, upset or even probably won’t help the overall quality of your life, will it? Handle the situation in a way that will best serve the lifestyle you want.

Be Solution-Oriented

Instead of ruminating upon why something happened to you and what it all means, focus on how you can find a solution and move forward. Ask, “what can I do about this now?”; don’t ask, “why me?”. Focus on the things that will help you solve the issue and rebuild. That’s what really matters.

What Can You Control?

Problems are things we can’t control, and they happen to all of us. Instead of focusing in on what you can’t control, focus on what you can. If there are things you can do in the future to avoid a problem, take action. If there are things you can do now to move forward, take action. Do the things you can do – and forget about the things you can’t.

Key Takeaway for Everyone:
Live the life you want – remembering that it will be imperfect sometimes. Use the ingredients you have on hand to create something delicious – and don’t worry about all the other things you could do if only you had this or that. In the face of life’s curveballs, be realistic but also remain optimistic.

Key Takeaway for Real Estate Investors:
Truth: real estate investment is a human endeavor. You have to deal with humans – whether you rent to them, hire them or buy/sell with them. Things are going to happen. Keep your perspective in check, don’t get overly discouraged when things pop up and, as always, set your eyes on the prize!

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