We will all face some sort of adversity many times in our lives, sometimes it will be minor, other times it will be more serious. It may be an unavoidable part of life but there are certain things that can be done to make these testing times easier.
It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are rich or poor, famous and powerful or the happiest person in the world. None of us are exempt from suffering pain and facing adversity.
It may not seem like it at the time but facing adversity can make us better and stronger, it can allow us to better deal with future problems and adversity. “That which does not kill you makes you stronger” Nietzsche, this is true, most of the time anyway.
Tips for overcoming adversity
Acceptance that adversity is a part of life, it’s inevitable for everyone. Once we accept it, it takes away some of the effect and control it has over us.
Compare your adversity to those who face more severe adversity. Adversity comes in different levels of seriousness, if you compare your problems with those who suffer with more extreme adversity it may help to see your own issues in a less serious light. All you have to do is turn on the TV and watch the news to find some stories about people that are facing greater problems.
Tell your close friends and family about your issues, there is a very good chance that they have been through a similar situation. They may be able to support you and give you advice on how they dealt with their adversity.
Learn from and read about other people that have overcome adversity. It can be helpful and comforting to know you are not alone in your challenges and that others are facing and have overcome similar life challenges.
Famous people that have overcome adversity
After her failed married she lived on government benefits for 5 years while she was writing Harry Potter. When she did finish Harry Potter is was rejected by the first 12 publishing houses it was submitted to. It wasn’t until a year later that things actually started to look promising for her writing.
His first attempt at business failed badly. Not only was nobody interested in his product it didn’t even work properly. Despite his failure he didn’t stop and he claims he learned a great deal from it, which helped make his future products a success.
At 14 and pregnant she ran away from a father and cousins that abused her. Shortly after she gave birth to a baby boy however it died shortly after.
Despite her past, she is now one of the richest and most successful people on the planet.
His first book Carrie was rejected nearly 30 times by publishing houses. He was ready to give up. It was his wife that persuaded him to continue. Today he has sold more than 300 million books.
In time we become more resilient to adversity, this resilience allows us to cope better with the challenges that are yet to come.