Going against the grain to create something incredible and wonderful is not for the faint of heart. You may channel this desire in the career you pursue, or in the building of your ideal dwelling, or in the formation and development of your personal relationships – maybe it’s all three. There will be many lonely and dark days and nights while following a different path than the norm and status quo.
How to you survive the hard times?
Keep those who both believe in you and will call you on your shit, the closest
The number of these may be few, but their importance cannot be overlooked. These are your core personal confidants and advisors who not only see the realities of life, but also see the future success as you do. They stand up for you in the midst of doubters, and challenge you entre nous.
If you have made the decision to take the risk on a significant piece of your life, you need a place to clear your mind and keep your body fit. It doesn’t have to be running, but just exercise – consistently. The stresses and anxieties you are or will face are going to take a toll on your body.
Create a routine
You probably have 100 things going and 99 of them are in the air all at once. A routine or schedule helps you incrementally make improvements and advancements. It can sometimes be hard to see or notice, but when you look back, it will be clear the headway you made.
Some things need your attention now and some things can wait. It may not seem like they can, but they can. It doesn’t mean they are less important – they may in fact be equally or more, but you can’t do everything at once.
Continually find books that will help you personally, professionally, or even gain a new skill. Reading can help you think about the challenges you are facing in new ways (both directly and indirectly) and learn from others who have traversed the difficult path.
Don’t give up
You may not always be able to see through clouds and the rubble, but there will be and is a way through. Don’t give up.