OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

Adversity is a common theme in our lives. A natural resistance to our progress and success. At times, it seems that that is the only thing going on in life, adversity. Well, I want to encourage all of you reading to keep pressing forwards. You never know what is waiting on the other side of your commitment, sacrifice, faith and hard work. It is easy to pinpoint how to overcome adversity, hard to live it out. Here are some tips:

1) PICK YOUR BATTLES: Constantly fighting with people over perceived slights can prove costly. Take the example of the late Al Davis (July 4, 1929-October 8, 2011), owner of the Oakland Raiders (American football). Though the man was a genius, he fought, bickered, bullied and sniped with almost everyone he came across. Picking the right battles to fight, less firefighting, conserving energy will go a long way in determining how quickly you will rise and conquer your troubles.

2) DO YOUR HOMEWORK. This may sound contrived, a little dumb, but it is a worthwhile thing to do. Adversity oftentimes brings out things you may hate about you, but it will always make you better at the end of it all. Knowing what you are up against almost religiously will help.

3) EXECUTION. Lastly, the most important one. This thing we call life is not about dealing with adversity as “dancing in the rain” as some believe. It is all about walking through storms, trials and tribulations as if they aren’t even happening. I can recall from various times in life where this was true for me. The only thing that kept me going was knowing there was daylight in sight.

People, no matter what your trouble, adversity is not the problem. It’s an opportunity to become the best. Our mindsets, what we choose to believe is the problem.

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