At some point we all face adversity. Some people are capable of flourishing during these difficult times, while others struggle. So what is it that allows successful people to rise to the occasion and jump over hurdles that stop others completely? For one, they take the time to process the situation and then resume forward and their mental fortitude helps them seek opportunities rather than dwell in their despair. So, if you are looking for ways to continuously grow, here are some tips to push through adversity.
As they say, laughter is the best medicine. T By having a good laugh, your body will release endorphins and dopamine which is nature’s feel-good chemical. Now, it can very difficult to find anything funny when you are dealing with one of life’s blow, but by taking a step back and finding the humor in a situation, you can lighten the mood, which might help you to move forward. Finding that sense of humor when facing adversity can be a healthy way to build resilience, no matter what you face.
The inspirational words written by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli read, “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” By being prepared, you are thinking through the worst-case scenario and determining the best way to react to a situation. So, when a crisis hits, it is important to run through all the potential disasters to help build mental strength and flexibility which help to overcome these mishaps. That doesn’t mean that you should dwell on these negative possibilities, but in the event the worst does happen, thinking it through and being prepared will help you remain calm and rational.
The famous saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” So, any hardships or misfortunes you have gone through can give you the confidence you need to know that you are capable of handling anything that comes your way. Think of the past hard times you have been through. What did you do to get through that? These past experiences can help you find the inner strength you need. Maya Angelou once said in an interview, “we may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away — I rose right where I’d been knocked down. And then that’s how you get to know yourself.”
The last thing you want to do in difficult situations is to give up. You must approach these problems with a mindset of determination that it can be overcome. Michael Jordan famously said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” If you are looking to go further than you expect, you must refuse to ever give up.