There can be no success without series of adversity along your path. Adversity has had a bad rap for some time and yet adversity is a gift from life. Without adversity, you will not be where you are today on your journey to success, change and transformation. When you begin to look at adversity in a positive way, you begin the journey towards maturity for results and progress. There are some things that you are not ready for and adversity is the channel through which you get prepared for what will come to you. Adversity is the school of refinement, a school to peel off the excess baggage, the school to progress you to the next level in life. The way you look at adversity is important to the speed of your progress and advancement
John Maxwell, the leadership guru, expressed his understanding of adversity in the following words, “The trials and pressures of life and how we face them often define us. Confronted by adversity, many people give up while others rise up. How do those who succeed do it? They persevere. They find the benefit to them personally that comes from any trial. And they recognize that the best thing about adversity is coming out on the other side of it. There is sweetness to overcoming your troubles and finding something good in the process, however small it may be. Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes one better.”
Why is it that some people fall under the weight of adversity and give up while others rise and thrive with adversity? Those who persevere through adversity become stronger, wiser, more determined, and inspired to leave their mark on the annals of history. I don’t know about you, but I have had my own share of adversity. I made it through the tough times and you can too. Adversity will refine you, then build you!
During my challenging school years, I walked several kilometers to the university I attended at the time because I did not have the money to pay for public transport. I used those long walks to think about life and success. Several times I had to eat my lunch in the morning because I would get so hungry after the long walks. I washed the dishes at the university cafeteria after my mates had finished eating. These were interesting and challenging times. There were several times I thought and wished I could just sit at the cafeteria and eat just like all the others, but I did not have the money. I made it through the challenges successfully and I can tell you that whatever it is that you may be going through, remember “This too shall pass”. Adversity will always come at some point in your life; allow it to refine you, build you up, and help you develop the mental toughness and tenacity to reach your goal and fulfill your potential.
Here are a few questions for reflection:
1. What challenges are you going through currently?
2. How are you using these challenges?
3. How can you use the current challenges to move you in the direction of your goals?