Goal Setting, Leadership, Mind, Self Development, Self Improvement

Overcoming Adversity & Finding Strength in Trying Circumstances

Are you going through a difficult time?

Perhaps you didn’t get a promotion you deserved, a friend has betrayed you, or you’ve lost a loved one. It’s easy to get negative and bitter, and lose your enthusiasm for life.

When we face difficult times, we can respond in one of two ways. We can (1) work through our difficulties, look for answers & solutions, and allow these experiences to strengthen and build our character; OR (2) withdraw, shut down, hold a grudge, become angry or cynical, or seek revenge.

Which way is more productive? My friend, you already know the right answer! Please guard your heart and mind from anger, bitterness, self-pity, and defeat. Whatever challenge you’re going through, whatever adversity you face, use it to become a stronger and wiser person.

Keep looking for ways to turn things around. Do some research and exploration. Read all you can. Go to Amazon.com (or you local library) and see if you can find a book on your subject matter. Talk to your friends and family. Seek advice from experts and professionals. Find someone in your community who can help you. You don’t have to go through this alone!

Whatever you’re going through, be strong and courageous. Always be careful to guard yourself against bitterness, anger and self-pity. These negative emotions are counterproductive, and may even destroy you.

Whatever you’re facing, consider it to be a challenge. What can you do to turn things around? How can you pick yourself up and go forward, with your head held high?

One final thought from Brian Tracy, from his book, Personal Success:

“For every difficulty that supposedly stops a person from succeeding, there are thousands who had it a lot worse… and succeeded anyway. So can you!”

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