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Let’s face the truth, it can be difficult to get motivated and persevere when there are setbacks, delays, or just days when we don’t feel up to the challenge.

What happens when adversity comes along as well? Not as easy to pursue perseverance when adversity strikes.

Adversity comes in many different ways, job loss, health concerns, or relational difficulties.

When you face challenges and hardships of various kinds you may be tempted to quit, give up, or not do anything. Apathy can quickly settle in when you are faced with devastating circumstances. Apathy means that you have lost your desire to do much of anything. You certainly won’t feel like persevering when your circumstances are hard or painful. Your natural inclination would be to retreat and stop moving forward.

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This is what I have learned for myself as I have been met with some serious challenges, and just this week more challenges that could have “crippled” me:

Coaching life lessons on perseverance through adversity:

  1. Listen to your body! Your body will work harder when facing challenging times. That means that you may need to rest. Rest from whatever is troubling you, even if just for a few hours.

  2. Do not follow what others are doing. You will exhaust yourself more if you try and keep others pace. Slow down to meet the pace that you can go at for now. Remember hardships wear us out physically, mentally, and emotionally. Do what you can at a rhythm that won’t cause more stress on you.

  3. Incorporate some type of daily exercise. I cannot empathize with this enough. Exercise can not only boost your motivation to do more, but also promotes your emotional well-being.

  4. Detach for a time from people and things that drain you and recharge with those things that promote life and your mental/spiritual well-being.

  5. Surrender those things you cannot control. Have dedicated time preferably first thing in the morning to pray, and as you wait on the Lord for His answers thank Him for intervening. Then move forward for your day by casting your cares on the Lord and by faith choosing to believe God will work and come through in His timing.

  6. Accept and let go of the situations in your life that you don’t know what to do. Keep moving forward in what you do know what to do. You can get stuck if you feel you need the answers to the problems in your life that you currently do not possess.

  7. You may not feel like it, but keep getting up and declaring over yourself,” Today is going to be a good day.” You are rewiring the neural pathways in your brain that get stuck on “Why get up, I don’t want to face life.” Remind yourself God will help you.

  8. Stop believing the lie that “It’s always going to be hard,” or “I just can’t do this.” You can take one step at a time, and you can believe the truth that some days/weeks/seasons are hard, but not every day is hard-some days are really good. Think of your life like the weather, there are rainy and sunny days and both are needed to maintain life.

  9. Enjoy the “good days.” When you get a break in between the adversities, breathe, enjoy, and get fueled back up by practicing self-care.

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10. Reward yourself when you push through a challenging day/time and you still complete a goal, finish a project, or stay the course.


I help clients to get unstuck from life’s challenges, perhaps there is something that you have gone through such as a job loss, health issues, wayward children, a loss of any type, or failure of any type and you need a coach to help you uncover the “roots” and begin to thrive in life again. All coaching will use practical applications, the Word of God, encouragement, edification, training, prayer, and leading by the Holy Spirit.

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Is your mind filled with worry, anxiety, fear, or negativity?

What you think about affects you more than you may realize. Every behavior and action started with a thought first. Thoughts become behaviors and behaviors become actions. Perhaps you may not realize that you can choose what you think about, and train your brain to think better.

Thoughts that are toxic need to be drained or removed and replaced with thoughts that are lovely, a good report, praiseworthy and peaceful.

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We are not to empty our minds and be passive, but we are to fill our minds with those things that are listed in Philippians 4:8:

Thoughts that are:

Honorable and worthy of respect

Whatever is right and confirmed by God’s Word

Whatever is pure and wholesome

Whatever is lovely and brings peace

Whatever is admirable and of good report

Anything excellent, worthy of praise

Think continually about these things.

Practicing Philippians 4:8 can be difficult if not impossible if we have a worried, anxious, and fearful mind.

However we can apply and practice daily or as often as needed Philippians 4:6, and as we do this then thinking about those things that are peaceful, lovely, and praiseworthy will be easier.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving continue to make your specific requests known to God.

Verse 7 goes on to say:

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding [that peace which stands guards over your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ [is yours].

To be able to give your mind a mental vacation, the first step is to give your worries and anxieties to God, to pray and petition God for His help and give thanksgiving that He will intercede. The next step is to focus and fill your mind continually on those things that are found in Philippians 4:6.


Counselor’s Tip: Write out Philippians 4:6 on a notecard and place it where you can see it so that you can remind yourself what you are to think about.

Repeat these steps daily and as often as you need to take a mental vacation from worry, anxiety, and fear.


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