The dictionary defines ADVERSITY as a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.
The unfortunate thing is that its not WILL you be forced to overcome adversity…but WHEN? We will all be faced with adversity at some time or many times in our lives. The question is, when you are faced with it…Do you know what you’re made of?
Now I’m not talking about getting stuck in traffic or burning your steak on the grill type of adversity, I’m talking about life altering adversity and if you had the chance to listen to the first 3 episodes of the PRO-File podcast there is no doubt that you had the opportunity to hear stories of true adversity from the PROS.
For example you would have heard how I was able to overcome a challenging childhood and getting hit by a car on my way to achieving my goals and developing a “I can do anything I put my mind to” attitude. Kelly Butler was able to overcome losing his Father to cancer and his Mother to murder before the age of 12 and then, to add future insult to injury, losing everything he owned in a recent house fire, yet he remains positive and optimistic. Eddie Steele only won 4 games out of 33 in high school and suffered numerous injuries that almost ended his Professional career and he remains grateful and grounded.
Each of these instances would break the average person, but with a PRO Mindset you have to remember that when adversity strikes…you have a CHOICE on how you are going to react and more importantly, what you are going to do about it.
We have all seen people suffer embarrassing moments on a day to day basis. Why is it that some people lose their minds while others simply laugh it off?
Here are some PRO tips for overcoming adversity:
- The one thing that you are in control of each and everyday when you wake up is your ATTITUDE. Make the decision to be the most positive and enthusiastic person you can be at all times, regardless of what is going on in your life.
- When bad things happen, and they will, it’s 10% what happens and 90% how YOU choose to react to it. Make the choice to take a deep breathe in through your nose and exhale out through your mouth to give yourself a few seconds to gather your thoughts and regain your composure.
- Regardless of how you are feeling, when asked “How’s it going?”, it’s important to always reply in a positive manner like “I’m doing Great” or “I’m fantastic” because the more often you say positive things the quicker you can adjust your mindset to a positive one!
Try these simple tips and you will have the ability to handle adversity like a PRO!
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