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If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going... 

by Joshua Rivedal

In 1940, only a few weeks after Winston Churchill took over as British Prime Minister, France was defeated by the Nazis leaving Great Britain as the only European superpower to stand and fight against the would-be German occupiers.  In short time, London and parts of southern England were bloodied and beaten to a pulp from the relentless aerial bombings by the Germans.  But Churchill, often considered by historians to be the greatest wartime leader of the twentieth century, would not give up or let his countrymen give into tyranny. His spirit, leadership, and oratory skills helped Britain find their inner strength to band together and find strategic partners who would help them beat the Germans.

On a different scale we all have mini-hells we go through from time to time. It could be as simple (or as complicated) as a relationship in our business or home life, a start-up company beginning to go sour, or a dream not unfolding the way we envisioned. In these moments of hell it’s important that we keep going. It’s a given that we should look for encouragement from our supporters but we must also ask ourselves important questions—questions that will guide and coach us to victory.  What’s going well? It’s important to take stock here. When things aren’t going the greatest, it’s easy to say that nothing is going right; and it’s here that it’s easiest to drop what you’re doing and give up. Asking this question also allows us to build on the good stuff and make it grow.

What would I like to see improve? What do I actually want? Do I remember? Or has my goal morphed under the cloudy vision of disappointment? Asking this question gets us back to the basics. Here we can take a fresh look at the gears of the machine that might need a little extra oil.  Who or what can help me get where I want to go? Pretty self-explanatory. No man is an island and we all need help from someone or something to get where we need to go.  Who can I help? This is a great way to remind ourselves that this journey isn’t all about us. This can be an offering of help beyond the scope of your comfort zone, or it can be a simple wake-up call for you to figure out the value you offer.

What am I grateful for? Just a good thing to check in with. Even if it’s one thing that you’re grateful for, it’s something that’s in your life for a reason and something you’ve nurtured or attracted to yourself that is a success. Success breeds confidence and confidence is something you need to make it through your mini-hells.

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