Adversity is part of life, and overcoming it is crucial to our well-being. Overcoming adversity is really about turning negatives events into positive experiences.
Here are 3 habits to do just that:
1. See it as an opportunity. This is easier said than done. It can be tough to see losing your house in a natural disaster as an opportunity. It can be difficult to see the opportunity in getting fired from your job or flunking out of college or dealing with an unexpected divorce. To see it as an opportunity you must ask yourself this question, “What is the benefit of this setback?” Keep asking that question until you find it. If you don’t perceive it as an opportunity to you will be defeated by it.
2. Make a resolve to rise up & conquer it. Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger. Metaphorically you have to put on your battle gear or put on your war paint or put on your game face. You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Sitting around pouting will only make things worse. You’ve got to muster up the time, the energy, and the commitment to make the situation work in your favor.
“Every adversity carries within in it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
3. Seek advice from a professional. This tool can usually quicken the pace of overcoming adversity as opposed to the usual trial and error approach. You might need to find a tutor, a marriage or family counselor or an attorney or physical therapist or medical doctor. Talk with someone who has experience in dealing with your current predicament.
Adversity always hides a gift. Practice some of these habits. Test them the next time you need to overcome adversity.
Best of success to you!