Adversity comes in many forms, we all have it.
It might be the absence of a father growing up and all that’s entailed in that. It might be financial struggles, relationship problems, educational failures, the death of a parent or even health issues. The list goes on and on. Everybody faces adversities many times throughout their lives.
The real question is how to deal with and overcome adversity.
Growing up, my father was nowhere to be found. We lived in the projects and life wasn’t always so easy. I didn’t have a good male mentor to teach me how to deal with the challenges of life. As I reflect on the lessons life has taught me, there is one critical key that can help young men begin to come out of the deep hole of adversity.
Develop a winner’s mindset!
Our actions are outward expressions of our thoughts. If we get the thoughts right, right actions will follow. A winner’s mindset can be achieved over time by doing the following.
First, unconditionally accept where you are right now.
Second, let go of the bad things in your past. That is just baggage that you can’t do anything about and extra weight that you don’t need to carry with you into your future.
Third, understand that you were created to achieve great things. You were created to be a winner. No matter what you’ve done, you deserve to overcome. Get that in your head.
Fourth, change the negative CD of thoughts that run through your mind. Replace them with positive thoughts about you and your future. Speak positive, faith-filled words about where you’re going.
And Fifth, don’t underestimate yourself and what you’re capable of. After all, you were created for greatness!
This will take some work and won’t happen overnight. I can tell you from personal experience that the results are well worth the work that you do.
Take this nugget and let it bring you great rewards.
Submitted by Richard Dowdy
Motivational Speaker and Front Line Leader Trainer
Author of the forthcoming book “Adversity – The Deep Hole 7 Keys to Overcoming Adversity”