No one likes hard times, but they are coming. None of us are exempt from experiencing rough times because it is just part of life.

I wake up everyday with the mentality, “Today will be the best day of my life.” And when I think about this phrase daily, it brings many blessings daily and many opportunities for me to be a blessing to others. However, with these wonderful opportunities, there will still be moments of difficulty everyday.

What mentality do you wake up with every morning?

Whether you feel you are a leader or not, you will have to prepare yourself for hard times. When you are prepared for the hard times, you will find yourself having more successful days in your personal and professional life. Here are a few strategies to prepare you for your hard times.

1. Make a list. Be serious about conquering your challenging times. Every morning make a list of all the challenges you think you will face, then make a short plan of action to tackle this challenge. I suggest you making an official list. This can be done many ways. Your list may be a prayer, hand-written journal, or maybe an electronic journal. Whatever you do make a list to record daily consistent patterns of challenges that try to sabotage your day.

2. Find the opportunity. After you have made a list, then you will discover ways of making your challenges opportunities. If you are going to enjoy life, you will have to find a way to change your perspective towards your hard times. Don’t let your challenges control you, but rather turn your challenges into opportunities.

If customers are upset with a product or your customer service, first you have to take any concern serious. Also, any customer service issues are urgent matters. Whether it is your product or you service, you will need to figure out why people are disgruntled and see if it is an issue you can fix by training, coaching, or making tweaks to your product. But this seemingly challenge is really an opportunity. It’s all about your perspective. Think these situations as an opportunity.

3. Keep perspective. When you are having hard times, it will serve you well to remember hard times help us lean more on our Creator. The greatest leader of all time was and will always be Jesus. I’m all about factual evidence, which is why I will always lean on my God. He is tried and proven. He has never failed to deliver on His promises.

I don’t know what you are trying to accomplish in your life, but I can tell you God can help you. I am not here to push my religion on you, but I would like to share some words that have blessed my life when it comes to preparing for hard times. Habakkuk 3:19 says,

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.”

No day will be the same, but every day will have its fair share of opportunities and hard times. How will you prepare for the hard times? Wherever you are, you deserve better. Don’t let your hard times get the best of you, I challenge you to put strategies in place to turn your hard times into opportunities for you to feel and live a successful life.

Peace and Prosperity,

Bryant Hall, Sr.

MTN Universal, LLC

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