Facing Challenges

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most amazing and influential women of her time, facing challenges most of us will never experience. She served by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (who was crippled by polio) during the depths of worldwide depression & total war, then on to fight for the rights of the unemployed, women in the workplace and African Americans. She chaired the 1st UN commission on human rights & much more.

We cannot dismiss her words easily:

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


Steps you can take:

  1. Realise that right now every one of us is in one of these three stages: in a trial, coming out of a trial or heading towards the next trial.
  2. Learn to stand up and deal with your challenges.
  3. Avoid over-analysis of your situation and stop trying to compare yourself with others.
  4. Avoid making difficult or important decisions when you are tired or under severe stress.
  5. Take your eyes off your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. Learn to use your strengths more.
  6. List all the solutions available to you and work your way through them.
  7. Learn to hand your challenging situation to God.
  8. Learn to enjoy the challenge of solving problems.
  9. Use the challenges to re-energise and re-focus yourself and the people around you.

Peter Irvine
Peter is Co-Founder of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, author of ‘Win In Business’ and ‘Building your Business, your People, your Life’ and keynote speaker.

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