How to Succeed When Fighting Against the Odds

How to Succeed When Fighting Against the Odds

How to Succeed When Fighting Against the Odds

Success rarely comes without any challenges or hurdles.  It is far too common to see people succeeding after a reasonable delay. So what’s so special about inspiring success stories?

Once in a while, we come across individuals who rose from anonymity and the depths of despair to become a scion of success and inspiration. These people succeed when the odds are stacked against them when the chips are down and all seems lost. This kind of success is sweeter than anything else in the world. Would you want to know how do they do it?

In order to know how to rise against the odds, we must know why most people cannot do the same.

Why do we give up?

People give up easily when the going gets tough because they are afraid of failure. We all come across a point in our lives when we fail numerous times and nothing we do seems to work for us. These are the times when we have to push ourselves the hardest and tap into our mental strength to see those failures eventually become a success.   It takes years of training to think positively and for the brain to have that mental strength. There is a lot of hard work involved and it is something that people are afraid of when it comes to following their dreams. No one is willing to put in the required time, effort and patience to endure the hardships.

Until all people are willingly going to accept the fact that nothing comes without a price in this world, there will be fewer success stories and more people listening to them.  If you think you have little time to develop your mental strength owing to your regular job or any other work, think again! We all were given an equal number of hours and seconds in a day, it’s only a matter of some utilizing it to its best, while others just not being able to manage it properly.

We also give up because of being surrounded by discouraging emotions and people. Hearing negative things about our capabilities and that too on a consistent basis can lead many of us to actually believing in them and hence becoming weak enough to give up easily, sometimes, even without trying. You must develop a strong will power to remain unaffected and immune to what others are saying. Plus, choosing your friends wisely can help a lot. Stick around people who are successful and have nothing but positivity to offer. Mere observation of such personalities can teach you a thing or two about fighting against the odds

Another big reason why our lives blow up in the face under tough circumstances is because of our lack of patience. It’s a huge struggle for us to be constantly patient especially when nothing seems to be going according to plans. Our impatience either makes us do something stupid or leads us to give up before the goal could have been achieved.  Changing this habit can make a lot of difference.

What needs to be done?

The first thing that one should do when a storm comes is held the ground. The same is true for you as well. Instead of getting bogged down, it’s important to create processes and methods to get yourself out of the rut.

Be creative

You must have heard that tough times call for tough measures. However, tough measures without any thought going into them cannot help you out. You have to be creative with your solutions when there is little that you can do to change your situations. Before you take any decision, you need to have multiple ideas in mind. The first alternative that comes to the mind in such a situation is pretty obvious that have been used earlier also. However, if the solution would have been so simple, you wouldn’t have probably called it a tough situation.  Truly creative alternatives remain hidden in the depths of mind which require too deep and persistent thoughts to be revealed.  See the bigger picture; you may discover something that can help you.

Find support

As you look back at your life, you would find that all your success had some minor or major contributions from someone you knew. Asking for help during tough times won’t make you appear weaker. There are too many of us who suffer in isolation, just because we are afraid of asking for help. By hiding our hard times from our connections, we will end up feeling more miserable. Everyone faces challenges in their lives and if you share them with people you know, it can become easier to overcome them. Always remember, you are seeking support today, however, you can always return the favor when the time comes.

Keep feeding your mind with positive thoughts

Just like the body needs all sorts of healthy food to recover from any illness, the mind also requires a healthy dosage of positive thoughts and inspiration to face challenging times. Talking to leaders, achievers, and successful people who have fought against the odds in their lives is a good way to start. Reading their biographies or their articles will also help you prepare effective strategies to face challenging situations.  Feeding your mind with positiveness will do a lot for increasing your mental strength and as they say, most wars are won or lost in the minds before they are fought on the battlefield.

—————————————————————–EOD———————————————–

Author Bio:

Saurabh has written this article keeping in mind the needs of the job seekers community, to help them be a better professional.  His write-ups extensively cover all the aspects of job searching and working life, right from subscribing to new jobs, to getting ready for an interview, and working at an office. If you want to read more of his articles, follow him on, LinkedIn and Twitter

PS: Please leave a comment below and tell me how did you succeed in a situation where you felt like fighting against the odds?

PSS: If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and family.

PSSS: Join our community for a boost in your positive vocabulary and even more.

7 Positive Thoughts You Should Have Every Day

7 positive thoughts you should have every day

Your journey through life will transform the way you think and the way you act. The words you choose will have a great influence on the way feel. Your words will define who you are, how you think and how you relate to the people around you.

As far as you’ve traveled through life until today, if you take a look at your life story, how is it written? Have you used your words to create beautiful things and positive results? If I were to hear all the conversations that you had with yourself or others, will I hear things that help you and the people around you to be more happy or less happy?

Your ability to transform your journey into a beautiful story depends a lot on the language you use. It’s the words you choose that put a smile on your face and infuses your life with purpose, passion, and energy. So starting today, I challenge you to say:

The first thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“I have done many things until now”

When you want to build a house, you do it one brick at a time. Every brick is progress. In some things you do in life, it might be hard to see how far you’ve come. You sometimes feel that you must see your results sooner and not later. Even so, you are taking steps forward. Even if they are small steps, you are still moving.

The journey you embark on when you want to reach a new destination is a process and not a single event. If your goal means something important to you, you’ll have to make some steps to achieve it. You will learn what works and what doesn’t work and you might see that in many cases you will run into situations that don’t turn out the way you would like. Keep in mind that all of these are important lessons that you must learn in this process.

From time to time, when you take a break from the things that you’re doing, pat yourself on the back for doing what needs to be done. Remember not to spend so much time looking at what you still have to do that you forget to be grateful for the progress that you’ve made so far.

The second thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“I’m capable of doing it.”

One of the biggest obstacles you’re going to face in your journey is self-doubt. When you start to doubt if you can do a certain thing, in that exact moment you will start to think that it might be impossible to accomplish. When you start doing something, you must believe in yourself and be sure that you are capable of doing it. You might find it difficult to focus, you might feel tensed, but you must never let anything negative convince you that you’re not capable of doing something.

Seek to acknowledge your past victories by talking about them, even if the only one listening is you. State some facts, some proof that you are great and you can make things happen. Even speak about them out loud: “I have overcome that difficulty!”, “I’ve been able to swim that distance without stopping!”, “People at work love the way I speak in front of them!”…you got the idea. Once you give a positive voice to your past victories, you will discover the strength you need to do the things you need to do to make today into another success story.

The third thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“I have all that I need to be happy”

You will find that the happiest people don’t have a lot of things and they aren’t doing very well in the luck department. They’re happy just because they make the most of the things they have in their life right now. I find very often that people are unhappy because they focus their attention toward the things that are missing in their lives and not toward the things that they have right now.

What will happen if you would suddenly stop wishing you had more? Stop desiring to be in some place that you’re not? Stop wishing that you looked like someone else? You have things right now in your life that some people only dream of having. So stand up, take a deep breath and say: “I am grateful that I’m alive right now.” Look around you and see all the things you have and all the things you can do right now. You have so much to be grateful for…

The fourth thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“The choice belongs to me.”

In the end, the way you feel and think about a situation you’re in, is influenced by the choices you make and not by the skills you have. What you become is shaped by your choices.

When you’re in a tough situation, look at yourself and say: “The choice belongs to me. I’m in this situation for a reason. After I learn my lesson, I will make better choices”.

The fifth thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“I will start today!”

It’s pretty hard to create something beautiful if you keep dreaming about things that you’ll do someday. If you want to create something, start talking about it, write it on paper and make your first step today. I want you to know that a goal is more than just a way of thinking. In fact, if you think about it, if you set a goal and never do anything in that direction, it’s like lying to yourself.

Start by making your decisions a real thing in your life and treat them with the corresponding respect, time and energy that they deserve. That’s because in the end, you can think all day long about the things that you want to do, what matters is what you actually create. Whatever you want to make happen, think about the thing that you can do today and do it!

The second thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:

“Can I help you with that?”

Good will always be rewarded with good. You will find that the unhappiest people are those who mainly think about their own well-being, always thinking about themselves. On the other hand, many people find happiness and joy in the things they do for others. I found that when I do something for others, I feel a beautiful sensation of happiness. And guess what? While I concentrate my effort on others, I find that when I need some help, I receive it quite quickly.

When the day is over and you lie down to rest, if you know in your heart that you helped someone even in a small way, then you have something to smile about.

The seventh thought from the 7 positive thoughts you should have every day is:


The fact that there is nothing written in the title of this section is no mistake. It represents nothingness… total silence.

When you’re silent, you can hear the silence around you. How every sound is born from silence and how it returns to silence, only to be born again.

When you are silent, you can hear yourself think. But you might find something interesting: each silent moment is different. Have you ever heard the silence when you walk on a road in the mountains? Or when during a movie or a theatrical piece, a great thing is about to happen? Or when you arrive at your favorite holiday destination and you take a look around to rediscover the place?

Yes, each silent moment is different and if you listen carefully, you will discover that all are beautiful. So take the time to enjoy the silence between the sounds. Just say nothing…


My name is Vlad Negrila and I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading the article. I’m an automatics engineer and also an NLP Trainer. I teach people how to practice NLP and I make the audio recording using my voice that I like to call: journeys through sound. I also help people by coaching them on 1 on 1 skype coaching sessions. You can follow me on my Youtube channel and my facebook page.


“Article participating in the first writing contest organized at Positive Words Research. The article with most Facebook shares wins. The winner is announced on 5th December 2015.” Have you enjoyed this article and found it useful? Contribute to Vlad Negrila winning the writing contest. SHARE ON FACEBOOK!

A Letter to Myself with Positive Thoughts

Give 5 Positive Words Gift 6Hi, my name is Elena and I am the founder of Positive Words Research.

Here are some positive things I say to myself:

Hope:  Eventually things work out.

Blessed Joy:  You are now blessed with Joy, Loving-kindness, Gratitude, Appreciation and Well-being.

Fabulous:  Something fabulous is happening now somewhere in the world. I wonder what?

Light:  ☀️ There is only light and lack of light.

Luck:  🍀 Luck favors the prepared mind.

Self-love:  I love myself. Yes completely.

Love: I love people, but people super love me.

Alive, Success, Chances:   Yes you can have success. As long as you are alive, your success chances are, in anything you want, no doubt about it, above 0%. Only when you will be dead, your success chances will decrease to 0%. But I always say: because God is having my back, my success chances are close to 1 million %.

Happiness, Connect, Appreciation, Awareness:   If you cannot contribute to the happiness of a person, at least appreciate it, do not put effort to decrease it so that after, you ask forgiveness. Connecting with someone is not as important as the happiness of another. Anyway, we are all already connected. Allow people to be happy and practice the art of appreciation. And if you want to connect, connect to appreciate. Don’t be afraid to give feedback but give it using appreciation. And something else, appreciation comes from awareness.

Safe:   It is safe to open my heart and connect with others.

Gift:  I am a gift to the world.

Acceptance:  I accept myself unconditionally and fully.

Self-forgiveness:  I forgive myself for everything from my past, present and future. I consider that I am forgiven by all other people, life and God.

Abundance:  We live in heaven on Earth. Abundance is everywhere on Earth. Awareness and choice in the present moment make me realize this truth.

Loving-kindness:  Love is loving-kindness. Loving-kindness is kindness. Therefore love is always kindness. All that is not kindness, is not love.

God:  God is everything, including me.

Heart:   I connect with my heart and with the hearts of other people alive now on Earth. Billions of hearts beating in the same time. Including mine.

Enough: I am always enough. Every day I am enough, regardless of my health, successes, happiness level, wealth, thoughts.

Let-go:  I let-go of everything until today. There are all only concepts.

Well-being:   There is only a river of well-being pouring over me at all times.

Happiness:   I am happiness.

Health:   I love my body. I bless it with pure love and light. Health is my wealth.

Grateful:  I am grateful for the air I breath now.

Life:   Only because I exist now and breath in this world I have done my work. I am my purpose and I am already here.

Relief:  No matter what happens in a day, as long as I live, the end is always the same. I go to sleep.

Positivity:   I am for positivity, not against negativity. I allow everything to exist. I am not God, just a part of Him, doing work in my part, adding energy to the things I love, that inspire me, make me feel alive. I have this right, because I am here.

Contrast, Life, Perfect: I appreciate the contrast of life. For example people say I am not perfect but I AM PERFECT. And so are they, but they say they’re not. If I would tell them what else I AM… hmmm they would probably… be happy for me

Love:  Stay in love vibration.

Trust:  Trust yourself – you can do this. There is no way you can fail unless you choose to not show up, or choose to not do the work.

Given:  I’ve already been given everything.

Grateful, Precious:   I am grateful for myself, I am a human precious for the entire universe.

Future:  Whatever I’m thinking about is literately like planning a future event. – from Abraham-Hicks

Money:  It’s the other way around. Money is constantly striving to get me. – from wellbeingalignment.com/law-of-abundance. I get paid for being me. – from Christie Marie Sheldon. Pay myself first. More moneyis coming to me every day.

Ease:  I receive abundance and prosperity because of my ease.

Intent:  Today, no matter where I’m going and no matter what I’m doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see. – from Abraham-Hicks

Meditation:  Sleep is the best meditation. – from Dalai Lama IVX.   Meditation is relaxation.

Unpleasant:  When something is unpleasant I say to myself: Everything creating this delete, uncreate and distory throughout all time, space and reality. – from Christie Marie Sheldon.

Realism:  Remember that realism is nothing but a socially acceptable form of pessimism. – from Vishen Lakhiani

Positive words:  Focus on positive words by researching them and you will feel amazing and always find the answers that you are looking for.

Connecting the dots:  You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Heart:  Follow the desire of your heart! When you follow the desire of your heart, everything else shows up.

Life:  Why? For more Life. This is the reason why all happens. For more growth of life.

Success:  FOCUS / DECIDE / FOLLOW THROUGH

Deserve:  I so deserve happiness and abundance. We all do. I allow this energy. Easy and happy actions. Rewarding actions.

Faith:   The universe has the facility to orchestrate circumstances and events to accommodate everyone. – from Abraham – Hicks

Life:  FOCUS ON BUILDING A LIFE.

Fun:   I am here on Earth to have a lot of love and fun.

Thoughts:  Negative thoughts are weak. A single positive thought is stronger than 1000 negative thoughts.

Sentences created with the positive words BLESSED, GRATEFUL and APPRECIATE

Positive Words Blessing Gratitude AppreciationI feel blessed. I am blessed. God is blessing me. God is blessing the entire world. God is blessing people.

I am grateful for myself. I am grateful for how things happened and unfold in my life in every detail. I am grateful for God. I am grateful for how Earth looks nowadays. I am grateful for how my life looks every moment in every detail. I am grateful for every life experience in every detail.

I appreciate myself. I appreciate all people that I meet in my life. I appreciate my present. I appreciate my energy. I appreciate my living in every detail. I appreciate the way I live in every detail. I appreciate my manifestations. I appreciate earth. I appreciate God. I appreciate my receiving. I appreciate every detail that I take in.