We have all faced certain situations in life that have molded and shaped us into who we are today. Each day of your life is a test you either pass or fail. When you go through major adversity, your ability to look back and recall some lessons you learnt shows you’ve passed the test.
How to Learn from Adversity
Here are seven lifelong lessons you can learn from every major setback you have faced or are facing.
Trust your struggles
At the end of every challenge, you’ll find out the importance of letting go. There was never any need to fear and no need to worry. Everything in life has a reason behind it, and everything occurs because of the presence of a mighty power that has planned your entire life.
Adversity = gratitude
In times of adversity, we are reminded of the importance of being grateful. You understand how people feel when they go through what you’ve experienced. Although everything around you seems to be gloomy with not one sign of hope, your pure existence on this Earth is something to be thankful for. It’s said that “when you’re thankful for the little, God will give you more to be thankful for.”
Find your true soulmates
In life we need companions. Good friends who are willing to support you, stay with you through thick and thin, advice you etc. are priceless. It’s usually in turbulent times you find out who your real companions are. That is so because they are the ones who love you for what you are and not what you have. Personally, it’s one of the important life lessons I’ve learnt; it’s painful to accept this truth, but it pays off!
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
We’ve all gone through that point in our lives when we thought our world was going to end. It might have been a financial setback, loss of a loved one, or just everyday stress. Whatever it was, it made us feel distressed, weak, hopeless and on the verge of just giving up on life. But at the end of that setback, we were stronger, weren’t we? We’re much more confident, fully equipped and ready to face the next set of challenges.
Think about the light at the end of the tunnel
There’s always light, often what we go through blinds our eyes from that reality that every setback is temporary. One day it will be over and you’ll be a better person. Whether we like it or not, adversity refines us. Just like gold has to got to be tested through the fire so are we, as individuals, tested with disappointments, road-blocks, criticisms, challenges etc. Without these we won’t move forward in life; we go through times like these so we can learn from our mistakes and make progress.
Be proactive rather than reactive
Sometimes we experience setbacks as a result of our lack of preparation and foresight. One thing you learn from adversity is the need to plan ahead and constantly be on top of your game. As an individual, you’ve got always look for ways to prevent certain circumstances from occurring for example if you want to avoid going into debt, you have to cultivate a saving habit as early as possible, learn how to spend less, have multiple sources of income and possibly start investing those returns in a lucrative business. This way you’re being proactive in the case of a financial setback… rather than reacting to one.
Don’t take no for an answer
It’s human to want to give up when situations don’t turn out as planned; we feel like quitting. But as champions, we can’t afford to give up. No matter how things go adversity teaches us to persevere, have faith, and keep our eyes on the prize. It may seem far of, but if you stay determined without taking ‘NO’ for an answer, you will overcome!
What lessons did you learn from a major setback? Leave your thoughts and comments below.