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Adversity Flip™

Turn Adversity Over to Find Something Good

04 March

Make a Wish

“We get stronger when we test ourselves. Adversity can make us better. We must be challenged to improve, and adversity is the challenger.”

~ John Wooden

Are you wishing for a life free of adversity or a better life?

Try to eliminate adversity from your life & you’ll spend a lifetime trying – and won’t succeed.  Adversity will always be with us.

Actually, adversity is one of your biggest helpers…if you let it be.  Don’t try to go around adversity.  Go through it & it can help you.

The path to a better life is through adversity. 

By shifting your perspective, you can transform adversity into one of your biggest allies. Adversity can light the way improvement, learning & growth.

As Debbie Ford points out in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers:

“All negative events are blessings in disguise.”

I’ve found this to be very true in my life. The key is to look for the good within the adversity. Most times our reaction to adversity is to instantly label it as “bad” & then do everything in our power to avoid it or deny that it is even happening.

Instead, accept adversity & look at it closely. By doing so you’ll discover it can help you in significant & profound ways.

Have you found ways to remember to look for the good within adversity?


23 August

Adversity and Responsibility

“How quickly and responsibly we react

to adversity is far more important

than the adversity itself.”

~ Jim Rohn, The Five Major Piece to the Life Puzzle

This quote really got me thinking.

Our quick response to adversity is more important than the adversity itself.  I can buy into that.  But responsibility with adversity?  Really?

Aren’t we just supposed to survive the adversity and hope for some sympathy along the way?

Apparently not.

I think the responsibility contained within adversity is two-fold.  First, to learn from it and become a better, stronger person.  Second, through our learning we are able to help others learn from it.

Let me also add that the best time to think about adversity: how to cope with it, what to learn from it, and how to be responsible with it is when we aren’t going through it.

But how many of us actually take time to think about adversity when we aren’t in the thick of it?

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.