“Sometimes in life we take a leap of faith. Remember, the leap is not about getting from one side to the other. It’s simply about taking the leap…and trusting the air, the universal breath, will support your wings so that you may soar.” – Kristi Bowman 

Has there ever been a time where you experienced a beautiful moment followed by extreme loss and sorrow? 

Have you ever been in a dark place, yet you somehow had a sense of hope?

Mourning any loss can at times feel all-consuming. However, it is when we choose to remain open to change that the healing journey can bring you unexpected gifts. The challenge is to find the courage to face our fear, growing against the grain and trusting our intuition.

Watch my powerful interview with first-time author Dr. Michelle Crisp. Learn what inspired this chiropractor and personal trainer to write a children’s book about being brave and having the courage to move forward despite doubt and fear. 

We are living in unpredictable and stressful times. For many, struggle, challenge and disappointment seem inevitable. Napoleon Hill says the necessity for struggle forces individuals to expand, develop, progress, and become strong through resistance. Struggle therefore becomes either an ordeal or a beautiful experience through which the individual expresses gratitude for the opportunity to conquer the cause of the struggle. 

The question; will you choose gratitude or resentment?

Consider that the most challenging moments in life are great opportunities to learn and grow as a person. These dark times hold the potential to transform your life for the better. It is when you have exhausted all that you know that you become open to expanding who you know yourself to be. Often shedding old ways and embracing new habits, behaviors and beliefs.

Let’s look at three mindset shifts Dr. Michelle Crisp used to transform struggle into a magnificent and triumphant experience.

  1. Struggle is NOT About Weakness

Hardships and stressors can be debilitating.  It is easy to think that to struggle with something is a sign of weakness. However, to keep moving forward while choosing to be vulnerable and authentic in the face of your fear shows strength. Overcoming the struggle builds confidence as it teaches you that you are capable of surviving the difficult times. 

  1. Struggle FUELS Growth

The struggle is what happens in the gap between where you are and where you desire to be. While your time in the gap can be difficult and uncomfortable, this tension is where the real seeds of growth take root. Trust that if something in your life changes or ends, it is because the change was necessary.

  1. Struggle BUILDS Character

The struggle requires determination, courage and perseverance. When times are difficult, and the end seems nowhere in sight, it can take everything you have to keep going.  However, it is in your darkest moments that you find out who you are. It is when you choose not to quit that character is built, and you learn you can be unstoppable. 

Adversity is one of the most powerful forces in life. It can bring out the best or the worst in each of us. Bob Proctor states, change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice.  See every setback as gifts.  It is an opportunity to strengthen your self-belief and revitalize your commitment to who you want to become.  

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