Life is full of ups and downs when it comes to living abroad.
Many things can go wrong or don’t go as planned, or when something happens to throw us off balance and doubt ourselves. It can be tough to deal with all of it.
After all, we all want things to go well and smoothly.
But living abroad will always throw challenges at us, and we can’t control everything.
Nor should we try. We need to understand it is not about what happens to us. What makes the difference is what we do with what happens to us. Here are three easy ways that you can always come out on top.
Focus on Your Strengths
We have many strengths and weaknesses that affect what we do and how we do it, but we tend to focus on our weaknesses instead of our strengths.
A strength is something that we do consistently well. We are hard-wired to do it well, and we get an inherent satisfaction from doing it.
It could go from effortlessly organising a move to having a lively imagination. Even speak fluently four languages or empathise easily with foreigners.
So, I invite you to focus on what you do well rather than what you’re not so good at. When you look at your weaknesses, you feel bad about yourself and your abilities. On the other hand, when you focus on your strengths, you’re guaranteed to get results and can even eliminate any non-beneficial effect your weaknesses might have.
Set Things Up Ahead Of Time before living abroad
Clearly, there will be times when you can only head into something, do brilliantly at it and get the result you were hoping for (usually when you’re playing to your strengths). But other times, you might error and not have the outcome you want.
Whatever challenges or opportunities we face when living abroad, we will stand a much better chance of getting a great result if we set things up to succeed ahead of time.
So what exactly do you want to happen? What solution, outcome or result would be great? Get clear on the goal you want and how it would feel to get what you’re looking for.
Then start breaking it down. To do so, answer four simple questions.
- How can you set things up so that your desired outcome happens?
- Which resources do you have?
- What will help to make what you want to happen, happen?
- And to ensure the best outcome, what are you willing to do?
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