Nobody likes to go through hardships and the vast majority of us would avoid any at all rather than have to endure one. Yet we don’t always have a choice so it’s important to know how to not only survive but even rise higher afterward.
In January I wrote about how last year’s music for League of Legends’ World Championship motivated me to rise and push through hardships.
This year’s song, called “Phoenix”, has a strong message again: the importance of conquering oneself.
“What are you willing to lose?”
This first line of the song pushes us to remember how much we want something. How crucial it is for us. This goes back to the idea of having a strong Why.
If the importance of your goal is above all else, then you can endure hardships much more easily, or at least with a positive mindset.
‘A million voices in your head that whisper “Stop, now”’
We are in our thoughts constantly. Sometimes willingly, sometimes not. Either way, this means the person we listen to the most is in reality ourself. Not other people.
You could have a thousand people cheering for you on a regular basis, if your mind keeps on telling you you should stop and aren’t good enough, then you will give up at a certain point.
“You gotta conquer the monster in your head and then you’ll fly”
This part of the chorus is the main information in this song. If you can conquer your thoughts, then you’ll be able to become a new person and open new doors to yourself.
The 2 tasks you’ll need
If you want to rise from what feels like the ashes of your life by conquering your thoughts, there will be just two tasks to handle. They both take time but they will not only change your life to become able to endure tough periods but even further improve good ones too.
I don’t know how you feel about yourself, but I can assure you that I thought I knew myself before I truly started looking within.
This process can take many forms but my favorite is writing. By writing your thoughts down, you get to appreciate the time spent on the task, alone with those thoughts. Some will be negative. Maybe many at the beginning even, but you will come to see more and more positivity as you go.
Regularly thinking about one’s own past has its advantages but look also at your future. How do you want it to be seen? How do you want to finish your life?
If you notice the path you are on doesn’t satisfy you, you will become able to take action and change it.
Calm your thoughts
Just because some statistics tell us we are in thoughts for the vast majority of our day doesn’t mean we can’t act on it and try to calm our minds.
Practicing mindfulness and developing some sort of control over our thoughts is also crucial to surviving tough times and becoming a better human being.
If you can stay just 10 minutes a day in a calm environment and learn to let go of your thoughts during that time, as practice passes by, you will become able to stop negative thoughts before they overwhelm you and focus on what truly matters.
There are many guided meditation apps out there but my favorite has to be Headspace. Its courses on Focus and Restlessness and Creativity have been lifesavers.
Those 2 simple tasks will give you one great opportunity. The one the song repeats over and over in its chorus:
“Fly, Phoenix, Fly”