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by David N Johnson

April 19, 2019

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Like water, our lives tend to take the path of least resistance. We make decisions based off of what’s easy, what makes us comfortable, and how well worn the path ahead is. But, much like the caterpillar needs the struggle to break away from the cacoon to survive, our lives are made whole through the trials we overcome.

The struggle forward isn’t meant to break you. It’s there to help you grow into the person required to accomplish your dreams. If all you ever did was hide when things got tough or found an easier (and less fulfilling) way around, you would limit your ability to stretch those beautiful new wings and fly.

Don’t put a limit on what you can achieve by avoiding the struggle. Dive in headfirst. Learn from the moments that would break you. Overcome them. Remind yourself what you have gained and what you have learned from the loss, then go forward stronger than you were before.

Having the right mindset is the first step in overcoming adversity, your thoughts are essential in framing both the trials and the triumphs you have in life. We can’t always help the things that happen to us, but we do have complete control over how we respond to them. Don’t see the bad seasons of your life as a breaking point; rather, see them as a strengthening point. Your mindset matters.

Always remember that excuses are nothing more than a way to explain away your fear of the future. It robs you of a good life by placing the blame on things that you cannot control. If you want to weather adversity, stop making excuses and keep your mind right.

While having the right mindset, coupled with adopting a no excuse attitude is a good start to learning how to overcome adversity, you must also have the faith that you will make it through. You are always stronger than you know. Never lose faith in the idea that you are enough because you are.

Mindest. No excuses. Faith. All are important. But, if you really want to learn how to overcome, then you can’t quit. You can’t take no for an answer. Keep pushing. Stop looking for the easy way out and push through. Don’t forget to celebrate the small victories along the way, they will energize you!

What do you need to overcome?

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