How to overcome frustration

Walk the woods.
There’s no frustration there.
Trees don’t resist the wind.
They bend.

Frustration sees obstacles as threats. Hope sees them as guideposts.

When life offers you a buffet of frustration, turn down the offer. Be like a perspective-changing video clip and look at frustrating situations from various view points.

The best cure for frustration is often a change in your own attitude. You create frustration by focusing on what you don’t have. You create gratitude by focusing on what you do have. As long as you maintain the right to choose your own thoughts, feelings and desires, you can create a wonderful attitude about life.

Frustration only exists inside you. It’s both an attitude and an emotion. It’s not a physical reality. Much frustration is self-induced by insisting on our own desires and emotions instead of learning from our circumstances.

Uncontrolled desire eventually produces frustration and disappointment. Unfasten frustration and buckle up to fascination.

When frustration sets in, gratitude goes out. Delay and disappointment can lead to frustration or to innovation, depending on how you respond.

To avoid frustration, find and focus on the good fortune in your life. It’s there waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

Let frustration lead you forward to creativity and improvement, not backward to blame and anger. Failing the same way over and over leads to frustration. Trying new ways to succeed leads to creativity and hope.

Self-focus feeds frustration. Frustration isn’t easily controlled, but we can choose whether or not we feed it and let it grow.

It’s important not to ignore the point of view of your conscience. It is the gravitational pull that keeps your life in orbit. Without your conscience you’ll crash. Going along with a feeling or desire makes you an accomplice to it.

We have the right not to be offended or frustrated, but the government can’t give it to us. We can choose compassion instead of taking offense. People often disagree with each other on where to draw moral lines, but almost everybody does draw them.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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