Tuesday, April 26, 2011

7 Ways to Deal With Adversity Effectively


John Maxwell
A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

Napoleon Hill:
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit
There are 7 ways to cope with difficulties. However, the most important thing is your positive mental attitude when life is not tuning out the way you expected.   

1.  Optimistic: Looking at the bright side of things and be hopeful of the future are the ways to deal with setbacks in life. Keep your goals in view and do not deviate from what you should be doing in order to realize your objectives.  The thing is that, when you face difficulties, you must not give up.

Sir Winston Churchill
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

2.  Believe in yourself: Build self-confidence to boost your energy in the face of adversity. Be appreciative of your strengths to overcome obstacles in life.

3.  Think of your achievements: Think of what you have achieved instead of what have failed. The point is to reinforce your belief system that you can achieve what you have set out to do.

4.  Be prepared: Be clear about what your want in life and be prepared with the right tools to do the job. When you encounter a problem, think of a solution to clear the hurdle so that you can move on without hindrance

5.  Learn to cope under stress: Be fit and healthy so that you are able to withstand stressful and unfavorable situation. Living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go.

6.  Learn from failures but look for opportunities: There is a lesson to be learnt from every failure. You gain knowledge and you are wiser to get things done. When written in Chinese the word (危机 weiji) "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  The key is to turn a problem into an opportunity.

7.  Seek support: Asking for help is not a sign of weaknesses. It is a way of learning. Find out from others how they deal with a similar problem. 

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.


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