To achieve your goals and fulfil your potential, adversity, challenges and problems are part and parcel of experiences along the way. Get used to adversity and change, work through what life throws at you and you will surely achieve your goals. This is not to say that it will be easy, I am saying it will be worth it in the end. Here are a few things champions know about adversity. They know that adversity is the secret of champions, having the right mindset is crucial, working through personal challenges is a must, developing mental toughness is key, having faith to know that this too shall pass carries you through the difficult seasons, focusing on your goals, and keeping your dreams front and center are all ingredients for success.
Adversity will write and capture the movie of your life, and it is your response to adversity that will make your movie worthwhile. Fear in adversity will stop you from doing the things you want to do. Fear steals your energy, makes you apprehensive and doubtful, and takes away your joy. Fear causes you to feel out of control and make you vacillate on your decisions. Faith, on the other hand, says you are stronger than you think. Faith inspires you to keep on keeping on in spite of the storm. Faith is the assurance that the storm and adversity will pass. Faith keeps you steady and hopeful in the midst of adversity. Faith says it is well and it’s just a matter of time. Choose faith, not fear.
According to John Maxwell in his book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, he mentioned that, “Adversity can signal a coming positive transition if we respond correctly to it.” We don’t always have to see adversity as a negative all the time. Adversity can be a great teacher and a revealer of character and who we are at the very core. The obstacles we encounter each day can act as a springboard to greater things life has to offer. We gain experience through adversity if we care to look beyond the struggle. Some adversity we bring on ourselves without doing the due diligence before entering into a business, others are caused by people we trust. Others we will say that is life.
Through adversity, we will either succeed or fail. When we respond to adversity in a positive manner we have the opportunity to grow from it or sink with it. Any time we react negatively in adversity we get more of the same. It’s like the person who leaves one bitter relationship into the next and the next. We get more of what we focused on!” He further said “People naturally tend toward inertia. That’s why self-improvement is such a struggle. But that’s also why adversity lies at the heart of every success. The process of achievement comes through repeated failures and the constant struggle to climb to a higher level.”
During times of adversity, we forget that we have options. Allow the concept of ‘next’ to work for you. When one door closes, remember that there is another door about to open. Even if a door does not open immediately, a window may bring in fresh air to set things up for your comeback! During times of adversity you may feel lost in the heat, but don’t allow that to happen. Your mind may be foggy at first but clear your mind as soon as you possibly can. Grieve if you must but don’t allow the grieving process to persist for too long. Rest if you must but don’t make resting your preoccupation. Allow each step of success, no matter how small it is, to energize and inspire you to dream on and move on.
At times, dark clouds are a sign of an abundance of rain! Let the clouds be the sign that the tough times will not last. Your dark cloud could just be a word of encouragement, a little breakthrough, an open door or window of opportunity, and so forth. Let the clouds remind you that help is on the way and you can be on your feet again. Let the clouds build your hope that the current drought is about to end and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life is about learning to work through adversity. When you do, you will be a different person from when you first got in. It’s all a matter of perspective and the choices you make in the midst of adversity will either make you or break you. Use adversity and not let it use you! Adversity lies at the heart of every success!