Many of us have been around long enough to know what adversity is and what it can do to us if we face it with fear. When it comes to starting or growing a small business, adversity can certainly be a threat to the sustainability and life of your business or idea.
Overcoming adversity is part of everyone’s personal and business life. The stress of our jobs, various family issues, personal relationships, and of course, today’s economy, are all critical issues that makes it difficult in overcoming adversity that so many of us are fighting with to resolve our life’s battles.
Adversity does not have the ability to ruin your life if you do not allow it to do so. Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. It is the giant that does its greatest damage on the battlefield of our mind (not our body). It humbles us, but it’s our loneliness in the face of those setbacks that is devastating. The most important ingredient of success is the ability to bounce back from adversity. One trait above all others reliably predicts whether a person will be successful in overcoming adversity and that is a positive attitude.
Resolve in advance that you will meet and overcome every difficulty, and then, no matter what happens, don’t give up until you do. If “why” you want something isn’t strong enough, you may find it difficult to overcome the roadblocks. To maintain a positive attitude when the going is rough is difficult if your reason to do so is not motivating. Only then do you have the ability to overcome and summon the strength to do so. Persistence can overcome just about anything, given enough time. When you are feeling like you may not be able to overcome a roadblock, take a moment to remember a time that you WERE able to overcome adversity. How did you feel when you were able to overcome the roadblock and celebrate the success?
Attitude and motivation still transcend knowledge, skill, and technology as the most important contributors to success. A daily dose of motivation helps us cope with the challenges we face every day, giving us strength and reinforcing our beliefs in our own abilities. It helps us maintain our attitudes. Use positive quotes and daily affirmations to help keep you focused. Brainstorm other solutions if the path you have chosen appears blocked. Forecast possible end results to each brainstormed path and then choose the one that seems most likely to bring you success. If at first you do not succeed, well then use the old adage, “try try again.”