Throughout our journey with Voyage, the one thing we have learned over and over is that hidden within every challenge is a blessing or opportunity. It’s up to us to determine whether a challenge we face will be a step back or the catalyst for a step forward.
We had the honor of connecting with some of the city’s brightest female leaders and role models and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
Below, you’ll find their advice and links and other info so you can learn more about them, their work and how to connect with them. We’ll be interviewing many of these amazing women in the coming weeks, stay tuned.
Eli Jo- Actress and Model
The best advice I would have for someone who is facing a perceivably insurmountable challenge would be consistency and perseverance. “Many of life’s Failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
Jessica Romenesko – Realtor
Just remember, “the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.” Be patient and persevere!
Kiana Carn – Inspiring Fashion Designer
The only way to grow is to feel uncomfortable. There is no challenge that is too great to overcome, it’s a mindset thing. If you feel that you can achieve something, you do it. If you feel you can’t achieve something, you don’t do it…because it’s all in your head. All you have to do is believe and have faith. Challenges are just a way to test your strengths and if you believe and know that you are a strong person you will overcome anything life throws your way.
Ashley Held – Interior Designer/Luxury Design Consultant, Bartender
I don’t believe there is any problem that’s worthy of being considered insurmountable. People forget; Your MIND!! It is the most powerful tool we have! It’s amazing what the mind can do. What you think you become, the mind will conquer any challenge, obstacle, or fear. Make up your mind, it’s a choice!
Ambril G. McLaurin – Fashion Designer
The best advice for someone who feels that their challenge is insurmountable would be to advise that individual to first seek out or to identify a strong support system. Your support system can include your faith, your family, associates, community and etc. Secondly, my advice would be to take the challenge and break it down into components then develop a plan to accomplish each part. Lastly, and most important please be sure to take the time to celebrate each phase of your accomplishments, this will help create momentum when coupled with the encouragement of their support system.
Laura Torbert – Interior Design
Take a deep breath. You cannot control what happens to you, however you can control your reaction. Try to remember that challenges provide an opportunity for growth and a chance to learn something for the future. No matter what obstacles we are facing, the sun will rise tomorrow and we will all try again.
Karah Mackenzie – Model, Singer, and Writer
I’ve faced many challenges that felt insurmountable at the time. But you will always overcome something when you have the right attitude and when you stay positive. It will get better, it always does. You may feel that it never will but that feeling is only temporary. It will pass. And one day you’ll wake up and understand how valuable those challenges and lessons really were. You learn from them and you grow. And to me that’s beautiful, and something I wouldn’t trade for anything. Big or small, good or bad, challenges make you stronger and you wouldn’t be the person you are today, without them.
Suzanne Reinhard – Luxury Wedding Planner
When I am faced with challenges, small and large, I always lean into my Faith. My faith has gotten me over many mountains in my career and personal life. Even when faced with work challenges such as, having a difficult call with a client and sending an uncomfortable email, I will take a moment to say a prayer before proceeding. I know for a fact, I could not gracefully handle the pressures and emotional intensity of my career without my faith in God.
Stephanie Dean, Dollmaker & Children’s Book Author
I would advise someone who is feeling overwhelmed by a challenge to give themselves permission to just take small steps forward. Don’t focus on the whole problem or challenge, but just concentrate on one small step or action that you can take right now to get closer to your goal. One small step forward plus another small step forward plus another and so on will get you there. Little by little the challenge will be met and the goal will be achieved.Usually once you get going, momentum will build and you will start moving forward to overcome your challenge.
Anita Corsini, designer, agent, and star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta
Challenges that feel insurmountable are inevitable. They will come. It is important to be still in those times and pray. Take time to remember things you have overcome in the past, what really matters and make a “grateful list.” Recognizing the reality of your blessings takes the power away from insurmountable challenges.
Danielle Byrd- Theater Arts major, Actress, and Mental Wellness Ambassador
Break down the different aspects of the challenge instead of trying to tackle it as a whole. Then ask yourself “Why do I feel like this situation is too much for me to conquer?” Putting the focus on yourself helps you to identify where you believe your weaknesses are, as well as identifying your strengths. Once you are aware of those things you can build to make yourself stronger. When I feel like a challenge is overwhelming I make a conscious effort to constantly reaffirm to myself that “The outcome of this obstacle does not define who I am nor who I am becoming. I am just having another life experience.” I am learning to fill my body, mind, soul and spirit with positive energy until it overflows, and the desires of my heart I can now see. When you know this, it creates a spiritual bonding with self. Your being is the foundation for how you navigate through life’s challenges, so continue see the positive in your experiences and build resilience within yourself.
Ashley Wallace, Designer and Owner, House of Wallace
You just have to take the first leap of faith. As the LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says: “”Starting a company is jumping off a cliff and assembling the airplane on the way down,”” And remember if it was easy everyone would do it.
Chelsea “ChelsAllure” – Professional Makeup Artist & Beauty Influncer
My best advice to anyone that is facing a challenge just keep going. Don’t stop your vision. You have the power to be the best that you can be. Appreciate the process and I promise you will get through it. Trust the PROCESS!
Suzanne White – Wedding Planner and Event Designer
Break down the idea, project, or challenge into smaller tasks. Indicate whether or not a task is a fast task, an average task, or a draining task (a task that will leave you feeling depleted). Schedule your days so they are filled with a mix of task types. Fast tasks will give you quick wins and will make you feel like you are making progress. Overloading yourself with too many draining tasks in a day will make you feel defeated. And if you get “stuck”, embrace the Mel Robbins school of thought: You might not feel like it doing it. Do it anyway.
Cassie Harris | CEO C. Harris Homes LLC.
Perspective is everything. Not everything works out how we plan, but I am actually extremely grateful that some things didn’t work out the way I once wanted them too. We do not always get what we want, but we get what we NEED. Choose to see the positive in everything. Once you work on keeping positive thoughts and positive people in your life, you can only go up from there. We can choose to use our energy to either build ourselves up or tear us down. If you feel like giving up, you are most likely dissatisfied with your current situation. Change your thoughts and learn to create a more positive reality by speaking into existence what you DO want, rather than what you DO NOT what. We control where we choose to keep our mindset. Grab a motivational book. (Feel free to reach out to me… I have plenty I can recommend!) Listen to motivational music. I have a playlist I created for songs that I turn to when I need to feel inspired. Do.Not.Give.Up. Giving up is the easy way out. Follow your dreams, create your own happiness, but never stop working on yourself. Trust the process and look back ONLY to see how far you have come.