Adversity is the soil for resilience and refinement.
To build a muscle you have to challenge it’s capability. The muscle tears, learns and rebuilds itself stronger. The challenging of the muscle is the opportunity for growth and resilience. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?
Here are 3 ways to be an opportunist
in the face of a challenge:
1. Step back, shine a light on the challenge and see the full scope of the situation
Perception and context are advantageous tools… Is the challenge really even that big in the scheme of life? Can someone else help? Can you be agile and step around the challenge instead of pushing through? Shine that light into all the crevices of your challenge to find opportunities for strategic solutions.
2. Grab the opportunity to learn about yourself with two hands
The better you know yourself, the better you can control your response to all sorts of situations, particularly challenges. When you experience something challenging notice what you notice about yourself. How do you respond emotionally and physically versus how you'd like to respond? Identify the gap and learn from the experience. Knowing yourself better equips you to respond as you’d like to, not out of impulse.
3. Extract the learning opportunities
Reflect on your challenges. Write down what the challenge was, how you responded, what the outcome was and how you may have preferred it go differently. Then (this is the important bit) write down at least one concept, idea, learning or insight that you can apply next time adversity comes. Before you know it you'll be so well equipped that success is effortless for you.
The conclusion here?
Make life's challenges your greatest opportunities for future success.
Steph Edmunds is SESC's Certified Professional Success Coach, Speaker and Facilitator.
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