Adversity is a Good Thing – Believe it!
Adversity is a good thing for people. It provides an opportunity for the development of character and a solution orientated thinking. Now, this was not the way I felt about things early in my career. In fact, I, like most people felt that adversity was a bad thing and usually lead to higher levels of conflict with others.
However, as I experienced more events – including numerous periods of adversity – I learned that events come and go. How we deal with the adversity is the key element to our future growth. In fact, character growth has a direct relationship with great leadership.
Great leadership is tracked by how well a leader handles situations and events – negative or positive. This characteristic came to light as I experienced situations as a turnaround advisor during early 1980’s and found leaders facing total loss of their business. The ability to commit and focus upon getting the company back in good condition was a limiting factor with the leaders. Some leaders learned how to deal with the adversity, accept responsibility for their part of the situation and then focus on the correction process. Others were into the blame game – it was not their fault – it was their customers, their employees, the government, the stars and planets, etc.
One thing is certain, great leaders learn to deal with adversity and look for advantages and opportunities to improve and grow. As we deal with the current economic crisis, it is time to allow our character to strengthen. Keep integrity at the top of the priority list. Take responsibility for all your actions. Use positive self-talk to reinforce your mental edge to deal with difficult times. Encourage others to continue to focus upon performance levels and things will work out in the long term.
Finally, enjoy life to the fullest and live with purpose of thought and actions. Situations and events come to strengthen our resolve and help us to build our character to a higher level.
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