7 Life Lessons You Need to Take Away from Major Adversity
September 20, 2022 11:59 AM EST | 4 min read
We have all faced challenges 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 learned 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 challenges
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, it reminds us 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 will support you, stay with you through thick and thin, advise you, and so forth are priceless.
In turbulent times, you usually 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 learned; it’s painful to accept this truth, but it pays off!
What challenges don’t kill you make 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, losing 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 we were stronger at the end of that setback, 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 the reality that every setback is temporary.
One day it will be over, and you’ll be a better person.
Whether or not we like it, adversity refines us.
Just like gold has to be tested through the fire, so do we.
As individuals, we are tested with disappointments, roadblocks, 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 because of our lack of preparation and foresight.
One thing you learn from adversity is the need to plan 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, 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 off, 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.