13 Proven Ways To Overcome Adversity

Former President Theodore Roosevelt had accomplished more at 26 than most people at 26. While serving in the New York State Assembly his wife and mother died the same day. This changed the trajectory of his life eventually leading him to become President of the United States.

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Said Haruki Murakami, “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.”

  1. “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
  2.  “(I)f you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.” ― Lauren Oliver
  3. “Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly                       Having problems click here to apply now. 
  4.  “I am more than my scars.” ― Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle
  5.  “When you encounter uncomfortable situations, you can either decide to be victim or an over-comer. Always choose to be an over-comer. Grace is within our reach to be an over-comer.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  6. We elect how we will accept defeat. Either it is an opportunity or a hindrance.
  7. Every event gently nudges us not as punishment but to move us to a better place.
  8. Pay attention to your thinking, and change it in areas where you cannot find peace. By doing so, you’ll bring more happiness into your life and to those around you. Looking for ways to turn your life around?
  9. Hard times can serve as a reminder that our relationships are a gift.
  10. Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.
  11. See feelings of love as a guide to future relationships.
  12. What is misfortune for one is viewed as fortune to another. It is perception.
  13. Loss is a natural product of life.

We all encounter grief and loss. Even the most self efficacious. It is a part of life. Some adversity is the result of our failure to make better choices. Others are the natural courses of life.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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