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As Founder of two self-funded bootstrapped companies, a hands-on mom of two teenage sons, a leadership coach to dozens of CEOs, and a cancer survivor, I’ve personally learned that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Unless we live in a bubble, no one moves through life without pain. When the world begins to close in around us, what can we do to push through the darkness?
Here are 5 strategies you can apply to move through adversity.
Practice Perspective. Where you are right now is a blip on the radar. No matter how bad things are for you right now, at this precise moment in time, they don’t define the totality of your existence.
Impermanence is certain. Both the good and the bad are fleeting. To define ourselves by a negative moment in time robs us of our ability to be appreciative of the past, and hopeful for the future.
Your Call to Action: Write down 3-5 successes you’ve had, either personal or professional. Think of a business win, a health or fitness goal you’ve accomplished, or a relationship that brings you great joy. Think of a situation or relationship you successfully terminated that no longer serves you. These wins define you as much as your challenges.
Practice Gratitude. Regardless of what’s occurring in our lives, we can find many things for which to be grateful. Sheryl Sandberg attributes the practice of gratitude as an essential mindset to help her cope with the loss of her husband, David Goldberg.
Especially for entrepreneurs, who live life a bit more passionately than others, we’re a target for both more of the good and the bad. When we approach our journeys from a place of gratitude, the difficulties become more manageable.
Your Call to Action: Write down 5-10 things for which you are grateful. Think of everyone in your life, and all the things that have happened in your life. Expand your perspective beyond what is right in front of you.