Life can be unpredictable, and along our journey, we will face many challenges and risks. Yet, how we view the challenge is often the determining factor of whether we bend under pressure or rise toward success. Rather than seeing problems as opposition, we should see them as opportunities to learn, grow, and become better than before – in our personal lives and our careers. That said, here are a few tips to help you turn your challenges into opportunities:

Flip the Script
The way you see a problem will usually determine the outcome, so turn that negative upside down. For example, if you are having a difficult time with a coworker or a manager, take the time to learn from the situation. Look at it as objectively as possible, focus on what you can control and intentionally decide what lessons you will take forward into the future.

Ask yourself: What will I do differently if something like this happens again? The same can be said for when you lose a document on your computer. You can dwell in frustration or look at it as a chance to become sharper, better and more prepared.

Dare to Dream
In the face of a challenge, fight the natural urge to pull back from it. This is the time to express your creativity and do things that haven’t been done before. Your willingness to try new, creative approaches in the face of obstacles displays your ingenuity and strength, as well as your ability to safeguard yourself, your team and your business or organization during a storm.

Keep Going
Ever notice how much bigger an obstacle looks when you slow down and really look at it? What you focus on expands. The key is to keep moving! Don’t lose your momentum when a challenge threatens to stand in your way. Keep working toward your goal with your sights fixed on your success and seek out companies, like Nationwide®, that create opportunities for you to learn and grow. They can help you reskill and upskill, when needed, and move toward your passion and purpose.

Fail Up
There’s nothing wrong with being wrong. Every failure comes with the opportunity to learn and grow. Failure is a crossroads moment. You can give up and walk away from what could be greatness, or create new ways of doing what needs to be done to reach your goals—failure is the source of many breakthroughs. So, it’s time to let go of the negative perception that comes with “failure.”

We all know that having a positive mindset doesn’t happen overnight – it takes some time to train our minds to think differently. Along your career (and personal path), challenges are bound to pop up—but again, how you view them and then address them is up to you. Life is about choice, not chance. So, show up and choose positivity every day. After all, your success is ultimately up to you.  

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