• John Maxwell

Overcoming Adversity

Updated: Jul 26

  • Facing adversity is never easy. Some challenges are bigger than others, but they remain challenges.

  • It’s okay if you fail the first time you try it, you’re doing something new, and it’s not expected that you will be perfect on the first go. From failure, you will learn what works and what doesn’t. Every new time you try you will see that it gets easier.

  • It's scary at first, but there's always a first time for everything. As an example, Simone Biles wasn't a perfect gymnast when she first started, but through practice, dedication, and facing her fears she became the best!

  • Don’t feel discouraged, small progress is still progress.

  • Remain true to yourself, and to your goal. Sometimes the initial path you started won’t pan out the way you want it to, that’s why you can always take a step back and re-assess the best way forward.


3 Keys to Overcoming Adversity,

by John Maxwell

1. Recognize that adversity doesn’t exist to bog you down, but rather to teach. We can see adversity as a burden – as simply a mountain to climb – or we can see it as an opportunity to strengthen our bodies and minds for future obstacles. We learn from moments of difficulty – and once we reach the peak of the mountain, things are much clearer. Then, we’re prepared for the next mountain to climb.

2. When you encounter adversity, take a step back, assess the situation and determine best next steps. When adversity is running high, it’s likely that emotions are as well. In order to best overcome hardships, we must take a step back from the problem. With a moment out of the chaos and our minds clear, we see the good aspects of the situation. From there, we can determine how best to overcome the issue.

3. Remember why you started on the path in the first place. In moments of adversity, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel like everything is against us. However, keep goals in perspective and focus on the original motivation to begin the journey, then the adversity will seem like a minute speed bump in the road. Those tiny obstacles can make the end success that much sweeter.



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