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How to Overcome Frustration

Updated on June 25, 2016

Frustration is a dream killer. It makes us feel hopeless and vulnerable. It is a state where our positive feelings of anticipation and excitement go downhill. We tend to lose sight of our original goals and simply get stuck at that moment where we see nothing but a massive wall of obstacles.

By not overcoming frustration, we get stuck at this loop. A cycle of endless worries and hopelessness. We feel depressed and sooner or later, we will lose all desire to break the wall.

The familiarity of the situation influences our minds to create a new comfort zone. A zone where hopelessness and fear resides in all four corners of our consciousness. Unbeknownst to us, this is simply a “fake” comfort zone that our mind has created. It’s a way for us to save our sanity. A way for us not to be overwhelmed by situations that we aren’t accustomed of.

We justify our cowardice and fears with reasons. We let everyone else take the blame and then we play the role of a tragic hero. We appeal to pity yet we demand empathy.

Nevertheless, we know deep inside us that this isn’t the life we want. In truth, we crave for a much deeper and meaningful life.

In this post, you’re going to learn some ways on how to overcome frustration and eventually get back on track.

Frustration curbs dreams and hopes.
Frustration curbs dreams and hopes.

Do a reality check

There are instances in our lives that can bring so much pressure and anxiety that we end up feeling frustrated. That moment when you feel like you almost had it but everything just went in vain. At times like these, it is very important for you to learn how to recognize the pros and cons of the situation. Practice letting go of things that you can’t control and then calm down. Allow yourself to process and accept what is happening.

Creating workarounds

Once you’ve finally taken a full grasp of the situation, it’s time to think of the possible things that you can do to overcome the hurdles. Take it one step at a time. It may seem like the situation is completely impossible to overcome but try to look at things at a different perspective. You’ll be amazed by how things can be so different if you just learn to look at them from a different angle.

Setting new objectives

Now that the situation is no longer that frustrating for you, as you’ve already seen it in a new light, it’s time to set new objectives but still towards the same goal. Keep your objectives realistic and attainable. It’s also good to always keep some backup plans just in case things still don’t go your way.

Getting into action

With your new objectives in mind, it’s time to get into action. Do you what you must in order to achieve those objectives. Focus. It’s all up to you now so gather up the courage to break the walls despite of the many discouragements and oppositions.

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.

— Bo Bennett

Rinse and repeat

Remember, frustrations can come in times where you least expect it. So be prepared. It’s like swimming in a strong current but do not let it hinder your determination. When you feel like being sucked into the loop again, just repeat the steps above. It takes practice and mindfulness but if you are really determined to succeed, don’t be afraid to welcome the setbacks.

Therefore, it is okay to feel frustrated. It’s a normal reaction. What’s not okay is to let yourself be engulfed by the feeling of frustration where you eventually lose sight of the end goal. If you feel that you’re already at that point, do everything you can to get back on track. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to seek help from others.

© 2016 Kent Peligrino


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