If You Feel Like the World’s Working Against You, Read This.
Hint: It’s not working against you, it’s working for you.
When the world’s working against you, it feels like nothing can ever go your way. Anything and everything that could go wrong seems like it is.
Your life has begun to echo more bad news than it does good news. You desperately want to see the light at the end of the tunnel but just can’t.
Each time you begin to make an ounce of progress, it feels like you’re just taking one step forward, followed by two steps back.
So, how do you keep going? How do you find the hope, motivation, and momentum to change your circumstances and create a better life?
Realize That Nothing Happens to You; Everything is Happening for You
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” -Byron Katie
Here’s the kicker: the world isn’t working against you, it’s working for you.
What you might interpret as a negative event, God, the “universe,” or your higher power actually sees as a step towards your destiny, and you have the choice to do the same.
As Ryan Holiday writes,
“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”
Similarly, C.S. Lewis has said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
The story of Tony Robbins’ life is a prime example. Tony grew up in a household with many internal issues. His mom was addicted to drugs and physically abusive.
She wouldn’t care for him and his siblings or even put food on the table. So, from a young age, he’d have to do it. However, he turned it into a lesson to care for people beyond himself. As Tony says,
“If my mom had been the mother I thought I wanted, I wouldn’t be as driven; I…