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6 Benefits of Trials: How a Hard Time Can Help You Grow

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Trials are inevitable. We are all going to face a challenge, and we’ll continue to have hard times in training and in life. We all have highs and lows. Unfortunate events, tragedies and letdowns will happen to all of us. But, there is hope if you understand that you can pull good from the bad moments if you want to.

If you’re going through a tough time right now, you can lean into your situation and continue to work through it, knowing that it won’t last forever. There may even be some benefits to the trials you’re facing.

This post is to remind you that something good can and may come out of the trials you’re facing. You may not see the benefits immediately, but you have got to hold on to something and eventually pull a positive from it. I hope at least one of these will resonate with you and provide some help.

5 Benefits of Trials

1. Clarity

Trials can help you create clarity about what’s really important and you can often gain a fresh, improved perspective. When you feel upset by something, stop and step away. Get quiet, take some deep breaths and just chill. These moments can really help keep us on our toes if we take the time to focus on what’s really important. Think about what and who really matters to you, and let go of all the rest.

2. Resilience

You gain experience in handling trials so that you’re more comfortable and confident going through them in the future. As you go through different lows, you can learn about yourself and you can build resilience and strength by handling the situation as best as you can.

3. Self-Improvement

You’re given an opportunity to practice many things like patience, perseverance, faith, forgiveness — to yourself and others, stress management, and communication. There is aan opportunity to improve some aspect of yourself. Think through what you may be able to practice in your current situation, even if it’s not what you would have chosen. What aspect of yourself could you work on during this tough time?

4. Find Your Team

You can improve your relationships by leaning on your support team in trying times. You build stronger relationships when you share your emotions and reach out to those who care about you. If you use your support team in hard times, you’ll find that those relationships are even more meaningful and powerful even after the trials subside.

5. Help Others

You can become a more relatable individual by working through trials and gaining the experience of hard times. You’ll be better able to coach, parent, help and inspire others by sharing what you learned and how you changed because of the trial. Use your trials as part of your story to let others know where you’ve been, what’s happened to you and how you’ve struggled and overcome.

If you’re having a hard time, reach out to someone and get help as soon as you can. Trials are going to keep coming, and you can take action daily to improve your mentality so that you’re as prepared as possible to work through them. You don’t have to stay down after tough times. You can express your thoughts and feelings, learn from the situation, gain clarity and then you can come away stronger, smarter and better. Use this time to refocus, reprioritize and recharge so you can become better through your trials.

Can you pull something good out of the storm you’re in?

 

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