Doing What You Can With What You Have

Whether it be physically, spiritually, or environmentally, we all deal with struggles. Lacking perfection, we all face consequences of lacking something at one time or another. To help move me along, I try to use these tips to do what I can with what I’ve got at the present moment.

1. Keep one eye on the prize. Focusing on the future helps move us forward, and it gives purpose to what we are doing now, even if what we seem to be doing now doesn’t seem very meaningful. We need not focus too much on the future; however, we must also look at the present moment as a gift still, which is why only one of our two eyes is needed to look at the prize.

2. Exercise your strengths. If we focus on the good things we do have, despite how few or plenty, we begin to appreciate them more, use them more, and get better at them among other reasons. No one else in the world has the exact same strengths as you and definitely not for the same reasons. You are unique and need to utilize the true strengths you possess because if you don’t, no one will.

3. Do not dwell on weakness. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could not see, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they loved. If they were to dwell on their weakness, they may never have found their true strength, a strength from within that gave them the power to play and perform. You also need to dwell less on weaknesses. Of course, we all know they exist, but we must move pass them in order to be happy; put them on the back burner as the old cliche goes. Once you dwell less on your weaknesses, you will be to find your strengths and utilize them more.

4. Utilize your time. Time is the most precious of all resources; it is the one of which we are most limited. To make better use of your time, do what you can with it. If your dream is not totally in the picture, make wise, useful moves right now to make it happen. For example, if you are training for a marathon, don’t skip a day of running but run twice today. There are many more examples we could present, but learning to utilize your time is one of the most important skills in life.

5. Do not dwell too long on what you do not have (yet or ever). This is by far the hardest part of accepting what we have right now. We are always looking to the future, which, as mentioned, is a good thing; however, if we always dwell on what we do not have instead of what we do have, we will never learn to appreciate anything that actually comes to us. For us, this is the hardest of the rules, besides the previous, to follow. We are always looking forward and working toward a brighter day that sometimes we cannot stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes we also come to a crossroad or finish line in our life and realize that certain things we did work extremely hard for just aren’t in the cards for us anymore. It is then that we must accept that fact, one of the hardest things to do in life. Luckily, it is not always that way, and if the effort is put forth, you can achieve your goals.

6. Realize at times that less is more. Minimalism, in its basic sense, shows us that most things are not essential. You are born without modern technology in the womb; therefore, you already have nearly everything you need. The richest man is the man who needs the least and already has it. Begin to question what you truly need, and you will begin to realize that what little you may have or that despite lacking some things, you really have all that you need.

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