Adversity is a Gift

“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”
—William Shakespeare 

You lost the election.

You bet on the wrong stock.

You missed the game winning field goal.

You fell down face first into a pile of mud.

And it hurt. 

It still does sometimes.

But you weren’t meant to remain in pain.

The pain – the adversity, is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to prosper, but in the moments it happens it’s almost impossible to appreciate.

Adversity doesn’t feel good, but it carries within it a gift.

The gift of experience.

“Experience is the teacher of all things.”
—Julius Caesar

The gift may be hidden, but it’s there, waiting for you to find it, open it, & move forward – stronger, wiser, and ready for the next opportunity.

Turn Inaction into Action

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer the negative elements in your life, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy!”
— Dale Carnegie

Overthinking is one of the root causes of inaction.

The best way to overcome this is to just take action.

If your thoughts & feelings are holding you back from taking right action, it’s time to break on through to the other side.

You do this, like Nike says, by just doing it.

Everyone feels fear.

Everyone worries.

But in this moment, it’s time for right action.

Ask Impossible Questions

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
-Alice in Wonderland

You’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box”, but what does it really mean to think outside the box?

Part of what this phrase means is to ask impossible questions.

& just as history shows, sometimes, often accidentally, that impossibilities are possible.

The 4 minute mile.

The Earth isn’t the center of the Universe.

A black president.

And the list goes on…

The ceiling is waiting to be broken, & it’s waiting to be broken by you.

Compare Less. Do more

Sometimes I scroll through social media and find myself comparing myself to famous people who seem to have “made it.”

Yes they have made it to where they are, and that’s perfect, but that’s not where our focus should be.

My focus, your focus, our focus, should remain upon our own lives, our own goals, our own dreams.

When you stop comparing and start focusing and working on improving your own life, life improves. 

It takes time, but it’s worth it.

“Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
-Brene Brown

Stay Focused

This world is filled with distractions of all sorts. 

Like a dresser with drawers waiting to be drawn; opened & dove into like a pool…People swim in distractions. Sometimes all day. Sometimes all their lives. 

Which drawer are you choosing? 

Your intentional choices make a difference. (So do your unintentional choices.)

“Don’t pay attention to other people’s minds. Look straight ahead, where nature is leading you, through the things that happen to you through your own actions.”
-Marcus Aurelius

Self-Directed

What does self-directed mean? 

It means the belief in free will. 

It means owning responsibility for YOUR life, as your life is the only one you can truly control. 

Lots of people waste time in the gossip, rumors, & other mis-informed distractions. 

You won’t ever find true happiness there. The only place you’ll find it is within yourself.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
-William Shakespeare

Your Shot

What did Alexander Hamilton mean when he said he’s not throwing away his shot?

He was referencing his life and the impact his life could have on humanity.

We all have different reasons for living, and they are all valid reasons.

The more specific you get with what you want to do with your life, at any stage of your life, helps clarify “your shot,” your vision, your dream.

Also part of what not throwing your shot away means is taking time to relax & enjoy life. Spend time with family & good friends. Learn something new. Travel. Explore. Have fun.

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
— Dr. Seuss

Begin Today

How much time do you spend waiting?

Instead of waiting, what do you think could happen if you tried?

Do you even know where you are headed?

Think about a better future. For yourself & for humanity. For this World.

What does it look like?

From here, is where you begin🙏❤️✨