Face Adversity with a Smile
January 14, 2010
Problems are there to be faced and overcome. You cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. She wrote:
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
How can you change your attitude toward the adversity that you face? Try these steps:
1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
3. Visualize how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
5. Smile and get to work.
The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. They did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude, and won.
Though we have previously run the video above, we thought this would be a good opportunity to show it again. Nick Vujicic, born with no limbs, talks about the obstacles he faces every day of his life.
It's not how you start; it's how you finish.