Adversity. Everyone faces it. Some deal with more than others, but everybody runs into it. And since we all face it, we all have to overcome it. It probably won’t be easy, and may actually be rather painful, but it’s still a battle you have to fight. Recently I discussed how I believe that perseverance is the king of leadership traits, but this is such an important topic that I feel compelled to cover it from a little different angle.
It’s amazing how often life will absolutely kick you in the teeth. Things will be rolling along smoothly and then…BAM! Something happens that totally rocks your world. And in the aftermath, you’re left wondering, “How did that happen? How can I fix this mess? How can I possibly get past this?” Ultimately, you have only two choices. You can lie there helpless, blaming everyone else, being overtaken by the circumstances, and letting the finicky winds of life push you around. Or, you can GET UP! You can get back into the fight. Push past the obstacle, fix whatever can be fixed, learn whatever lessons you can take away from the ordeal, and then move on. It most certainly won’t be easy, and will probably hurt to do. But those are your two choices. Period.
But here’s the deal. EVERYONE who has ever reached any real measurable level of success has faced adversity that they’ve had to overcome to achieve their success. Leadership demands it. But, it doesn’t matter what challenges you have faced in the past, or are currently facing, there are numerous examples of successful people who have overcome those very same obstacles and gone on to greatness. Bankruptcy, check. Wrecked family lives and marriages, check. Lost millions and even billions of dollars in fortune, check. Death of a key family member or mentor, check. Lost job or business, check. The list goes on and on. And I’m not saying that it won’t take some time to process what happened and move on. Some pain runs so deep that it takes time to just deal with that pain and move past it. But, no matter what struggle you may be facing, take strength in knowing that others have come before you and have not only survived, but succeeded greatly. You can too so long as you simply choose to get back up one more time and get back into the fight. It really is that simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.
The choice is yours and yours alone to make. You can let life keep you from your potential greatness, or you can choose to get up, get back into the game, and push forward allowing all the adversity you’ve face to mold you into the shining star you’re meant to be. Your choice. Choose wisely.
I want to leave you with a couple of videos that I think provide a perfect example of just what I’m talking about. But, before I do that, if you like what you’ve read, please comment below to let me know and share this post on Facebook and Twitter so that others may benefit also. Thanks.
The first video is of Heather Dorniden in the 2008 Big Ten Women’s 600m championship. She was running in front of her hometown crowd. I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story…
The second video is from the 1992 Olympics. The race is the Men’s 400m finals……