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Adversity Brings Advantages

Last week we worked on a plan of taking some steps forward in our dreams, fully recognizing that while this is not the time that we will make all our dreams come true; it is a time for us to devise a plan and make some steps in that direction. We worked through a 4-step process on doing just that, moving forward.

John Maxwell recently asked the questions – Did I build in crisis or did I get buried?  It’s up to us to own our answers to these questions. Now, I say that on a Monday morning, where I don’t feel like building anything today.  It’s cloudy, I’m physically tired for no apparent reason at all, and I’m just plain tired of staying home. I didn’t even feel like writing this morning but here I am. I’m fairly certain we’re all feeling this way in one aspect or another, but this is where discipline comes in and where we have to do “all the things,” even when we don’t feel like it.  Even when it’s not shiny or fun or easy anymore….

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Where am I going with this?  We all face adversity…whether it’s during a time of crisis or not; it’s just part of life. Right now, we’re in a storm and that storm, this adversity, changes daily.

But we have tools when in a storm, right?  Think about it; when it’s a snowstorm, we have shovels, we have snow blowers, salt, boots, and warm winter clothing.  When it’s raining, we have umbrellas, windshield wipers, rain boots, and waterproof jackets. We have to pull out our tool bags and weather this storm because it will come to an end. When you don’t know where to go to find those tools, remember that we are better when we’re together.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― haruki murakami

I liked this quote at first, but I want to remember how we grew, what we learned and how we leaned on one another during this time. Who we are, when this is over, is up to us. What we do with this time is a choice.  I choose to work every day to overcome the adversities I face, and work on a map of a way through the storm, while using my tools. In the unfortunate situation, where we find ourselves in the middle of difficulty, in the future, we have a lens to help us see through to the other side.

Join us in the Passport to Growth for a how-to on facing and overcoming adversity and what tools we can use to come out of this on the upside, together.