Monday Motivation

The definition of adversity is unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity or distress. The positive side to adversity is that when we overcome adversity we may actually be stronger and better than we were before. If we never have anything challenge us or face any hardships in life, how do we learn to overcome and become resilient?

Adversity can happen to anyone and can be an inconvenience or could be complex and life-changing. Moving through an adverse situation is not as simple as reading the quote above and thinking that you are done and ready to move on. There is a process that begins with the right attitude and mindset to find the right approach for your situation. This begins with not making excuses. We all tend to try and justify or find an excuse for any situation that does not go the way we thought it should. Think of your response to the situation itself and see if there is a path that begins to open up.
Changing our focus from the negativity of the situation with positive self-talk and other positive strategies can move us from our negative thoughts becoming reality.

Journaling the details of what is occurring is helpful. Sometimes the simple act of writing something down and looking at it on paper can help you to better understand what is happening. Block out those who are negative. Even those who are offering “constructive criticism” may be interfering with your ability to move into a more positive space. Set boundaries with those who you feel are bringing negative energy. Celebrate any accomplishments that arise throughout this process no matter how small. This will help you to see for yourself what your positive attitude is bringing to the table and how you are managing to move past the adversity.

Find those positive people and encouragers in your life. These could be family members, friends, co-workers who can offer positive focus for your goals and choices as you move through the process. Be sure you are taking time for self-care – rest, exercise, garden, stretch, meditate, listen to music or whatever helps you to relax and feel good about yourself. Set your own goals rather than have someone else set those for you. You know what you need to feel better.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to try again or try something new completely. Just because something was difficult, learn from the situation and use the lessons to move forward.

Adversity and challenges can make us stronger, help us to learn new and better ways to handle things and help us to move forward.


Terry Richards, CFO