How To Use Difficult Circumstances To Your Advantage

Zaid K. Dahhaj
3 min readAug 29, 2020

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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I’ve never been one to run away from difficult circumstances.

Thankfully, I found the realm of personal development at a young age. Hence I inevitably came across the following idea:

Hardships serve as an opportunity to become better and grow stronger mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

You Are Much Stronger Than You Think.

I’m not too fond of the victim mentality because I once thought of life from that perspective. It’s a miserable way to live.

Only you can extinguish the fire within; by falling into the trap of thinking like a victim.

The more you fan the flames, the stronger your character becomes.

How do you fan the flames, you ask?

There is only one way to accomplish this goal, and that is to put yourself through difficult circumstances daily.

Train daily.

Put your body through the wringer. Push your physical limits, and you’ll discover that the mind and spirit strengthens.

It doesn’t matter whether you squat, sprint, or swim; the point is to push yourself past a perceived limit. One extra rep, one extra mile, one extra lap, it makes all the difference.

Think about one difficult concept daily.

In the same way that you train to strengthen the body, read and learn something new to grow the mind.

Deliberately practice one new skill daily.

Competence comes with many benefits:

  • More Money
  • External & Internal Respect
  • Purposeful Action

You only deserve these rewards if you’re willing to put your head down and focus on the daily process. Sure, you might suck during the beginning, but the greats embrace this…

Zaid K. Dahhaj

Sleep King. Helping family men fix fatigue in less than 42 days without letting loved ones suffer. Founder: The 2AM Podcast.