Dealing with Adversity

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Dealing with Adversity

"All the adversity I've had in my life, has strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." --Walt Disney
Success is a journey, and persistence is one of the keys to deal with adversity or any challenge that we face. Basketball legend, Michael Jordan said: “Over and over and over again, I have failed. And that is why I succeeded. I thought they had something I lacked until I learned that winners fight back. It is not that they never lose, do not fall apart or take abuse. The trick is, simply, every round, when they get hit, winners do not stay down”.  

We are all running for something. Remember 1 Corinthians 9:24, “… in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize”. Run with the confidence that comes from having an unbreakable faith.

I have been very fortunate to be around great athletes. One thing that stands out is the persistence to overcome, to reach a goal, in spite of seemingly impossible obstacles.

Persistence is enjoying the journey that lies between where you are now and where you are going. Don't wait for tomorrow to enjoy the rewards that you hope for. Instead, enjoy today the person you're becoming and the talents that you have.

It is always too soon to quit. Persistence is going to the place where you failed before to try again. Persistence means not dwelling on what others think. Persistent people take actions and do not make excuses. Persistent people do not doubt and do not play the blame game. Persistence means that you do not do anything for others' approval.

Persistent people have the habit of doing things that failures do not like to do. Persistent people do not like doing them either, but their dislike is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. If you have allowed yourself to develop a habit of making excuses for doing less than your...
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