Facing Adversity

Facing Adversity

Everyone in their life will face some type of adversity. Right now, I am trying to keep a new business alive. It is tough going and the reality is that only 1 out of 10 new businesses make it. But, with that information, I have a choice. Do I want to be in the 90th percentile or the 10th percentile?

I am reading a book by Jim Collins called "Good to Great." His question is "What makes a good company move to become a great company?"

One of the key components is attitude and addressing reality.

The attitude that enables a company or a person to survive the bad times and even grow is "retaining a faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties."

This attitude gives a person, family or and a company the staying power to endure the worst of circumstances. It enabled Admiral Jim Stockdale to survive 8 years of imprisonment and being tortured over 20 times in the infamous Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War.

The other key determinant in overcoming adversity, Stockdale talks about is that you must "confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, no matter what they might be."

Confronting the most brutal facts takes your head out of the sand. Confronting the facts says "I or we must do something about these facts." Confronting those brutal facts may be maintaining a positive attitude no matter what your circumstances. It may mean working twice as hard to get to the same place as another person. Confronting the adversity may mean you have to work two jobs.

The difference in true leaders and people who just "hope' for the best is that true leaders actually look at their situation and ask "What can I do to make things better? What do I have to change to change the situation?" True leaders don't just look to others to deliver them nor do they look to blame others for their circumstances. The circumstances are what they are and the leader deals with them.

A true leader does maintain the attitude that he/she will prevail in the end. That faith and hope keeps a person going even in the most difficult circumstances.

Life Leaders come out of these hard circumstances stronger and a more wholesome person.

Those who remember Apollo 13 and the tragedy/triumph can see these principals applied. The astronauts never gave up hope and believed they would make it back to earth. But, they also faced reality and worked hard to ensure that they did make it back.

In facing adversity, do you just sit down and think the worst? Do you blame others for the hardships? Do you see yourself as a victim?


Hebrews 11:1
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Hebrews 11:8-14
"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

By faith Abraham, even though he was past age - and Sarah herself was barren - was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore."

No matter what the circumstances, God is faithful. He gives us examples of people such as Abraham, who exercised faith in the most difficult of circumstances.

God can enable you to change but He also requires you to confront the realities of who you are. Confess your sins, repent (having a change of heart and mind), seek the best, receive forgiveness and be changed. The first step in confronting your situation is to ask God for help and believe that you will receive it.


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