refuse text

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you; they simply strengthen your ability to overcome.” – Maya Angelou

Whether you’ve heard that quote before or not; whether you knew that the brilliant and wise author Maya Angelou said it, does not matter.

Instead of languishing in your troubles and your pain, change your perspective and redefine the steps you take to organize and improve your life. Begin by refusing to let any challenges or troubles you face define you.

See your struggles as stepping stones. Your life can be a fruitful voyage if you put intention and honest effort into it.

You can build a promising career; meet, marry, and enjoy living with a dedicated spouse; and create a lovely family with a warm and cozy place to call home. The majority of people in our everyday world and in our immediate social circles haven’t had the luxury of having things handed to them on a silver platter.

Commit yourself to work hard to get what you want, overcoming whatever challenges try to stop you. To alter your mindset, see your current struggles as stepping stones to obtaining your desires.

At times, you may feel like throwing in the towel, but when you are dedicated to your dreams and responsibilities, they will encourage and energize you to stay on the path you’ve designed for your life.

Conquering challenges can be simple when you break them down into small steps, and when you commit to taking the next right step in pursuit of your goals. By analyzing them in this way, you can always overcome the challenging situations you encounter. You’ve probably heard the question “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” before – you solve problems in the same way, one positive step at a time.

Tell yourself: I am a strong, talented, and resourceful individual! Believe you can conquer your challenges, and you’ll be a big step closer to actually doing it.

The hill you are facing fails to compare with the mountains that have toppled in your wake; with the proper preparation and dedication, your confidence in your ability to conquer your struggles and come out on top will increase.

In times of trouble, recalling your past victories will remind you of your strength. Affirm and know that your current struggles are your newest stepping stones to success. Those struggles have value because they’re part of what’s teaching you how to pull through.

Today, set the intention to turn any sour lemons you encounter into sweet, refreshing lemonade. You have the power to climb any mountain that is set in your path.

Self-Reflection Journaling Prompts:

  1. Are my fears getting in the way of achieving my goals?
  2. Is my current method of coping with stress productive?
  3. How can I strengthen my problem-solving skills?

Affirmations to Help Conquer Your Troubles and Improve Your Mindset

I can defeat any adversity; I am more powerful than my challenges.

I aim only to satisfy the highest version of myself.

I am worthy and I deserve the positive things coming my way.

I am unstoppable and my determination to achieve my goals overrides any trouble I face.

I am a resilient force and can overcome any challenges I am faced with.

I am in control of my life and I choose how to proceed.

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 35+ to Express their most Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious, and Authentic selves with the Power of Journaling and Affirmations.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

Check out some of my other posts: