Issue #9: Grow Today, Win TomorrowDec 23, 2021
These days it is easy to look successful. With a strong social media game, you can project a level of expertise and accomplishment that doesn’t match your reality. You can convince people for a while, and maybe even grow a significant following. But at some point, the superficial layers will have to give way to depth and substance if you want to become the picture you’ve painted.
The truth is, sustaining success is hard. It’s painstaking. The inconvenient truth is that not everyone is built for it. It takes commitment to processes that can be tedious and slow to develop. You rarely see instant gratification. These realities are the barrier that many are not willing to cross to achieve and sustain greatness.
I’m a firm believer that anything worth accomplishing will force you to grow in areas that are uncomfortable. Whether you’re prepared or not you’ll face adversity along your path. How you handle that adversity will serve as an inflection point to help you progress or regress. When adversity hits I believe you have a few options:
- The adversity forces you to surrender and lose faith in your ability to achieve
- Grin and bear it with the mentality to get through to the other side
- Face it head on with an open mind to learn and grow from it
If you condition yourself to take on adversity you can grow from its lessons. You will give yourself an opportunity to accomplish great things. It won’t be easy and it will test you– mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and maybe even physically. But with the right perspective, you can find opportunities to learn and grow beyond adversity and thrive on the other side of it.
Navigating adversity will play a pivotal role in your growth and development. It will create the space necessary to activate innovation within your thinking.
TODAY’S STRUGGLES PREPARE YOU FOR TOMORROW’S WIN
The truth is many people will only achieve a fraction of their potential because they’re afraid of public failure. I believe failure and setbacks are just as integral to success as anything else in the process. When you decide to invest time and energy into something, success is always the goal. No one chases failure. But I believe that lack of failure means that you haven’t tested your limitations yet. And without testing your limitations, how do you know what you’re truly capable of achieving?
As an athlete, you learn to accept failure. In many ways you chase it. It’s not because you’re comfortable with failing to achieve goals, but because you knew it creates pathways to growth. Failure provides tangible data and avenues to improve. Whether pushing your muscles to failure during a weight training session or losing a game, failure is normalized as part of the process. In sports, a setback is seen as an integral part of the process to learn and grow.
SUCCESS TAKES MORE THAN SKILL AND ABILITY- IT TAKES COURAGE
Accomplishing your most ambitious goals in life requires more than just skill development. Achieving success, especially long-term success requires a holistic approach. Think about this…if you could acquire the skills and abilities needed to overcome your obstacles tomorrow, would you be prepared to handle the type of success you’re chasing?
Ultimately, if you are not mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for the success you desire, you won’t be able to hold onto it. To truly capitalize on your hard work and perseverance, especially through tough times, you must be willing to embrace change and personal development in all areas of your life. Adversity presents opportunities to learn and pivot your thinking. It takes courage to attack adverse situations. You’ll realize that you don’t have all of the answers, and that’s okay. Commit to being honest with yourself and making incremental progress, and you’ll create a catalyst to proactively find areas to improve, whether surface level or internal.
Here are four steps to be proactive when adversity hits:
- Face your adversity head-on
- Identify the opportunities to learn from the setbacks
- Implement ways to improve in weaker areas
- Pivot and adapt when necessary
When you begin to attack the adversity with the intent to grow from it, you’ll create a moat that protects your dreams and aspirations as you continue to grind to achieve them.