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Overcoming Adversity – Year 1 of This Adventure

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of when I packed up my belongings and headed East on the PA Turnpike chasing dreams and opportunities.  It has been one heck of a year!  The year has blown by quickly full of highs and lows.

This journey has been challenging and at times, very difficult.  But the highs have definitely been greater than the lows.  I have made tremendous progress with creating a new life.  From re-branding my work to The LemonAID Lady; to making headway into the entertainment industry; to making new friends, this adventure is coming together.  It is just the beginning.  I have no idea how things will turn out; but, I do know that I have much more to do and further to go.

Keep Going Road Sign

As with all fresh starts, positive energy and excitement are abundant.  Fresh starts also bring fear with trials and tribulations.  I have always been a bit of a free-spirit so I welcomed the adventure of the unknown.  From an early age, I became experienced with tough times, especially the tragic death of my late mentally-challenged brother.  Ever since his death 11 years ago, I have known that no experience would ever be tougher to handle. I will get through anything.

When life gives you lemons, there is only one thing to do – make lemonade! This does not mean that during tough times, I enjoyed a glass of lemonade and was full of positive energy loving life.  It means that when I was going through a tough time, I allowed myself to embrace my negative thoughts and feelings.  When I catch myself holding on to them too long, my body and spirit would tell me it is time to let them go…enough is enough!  It is time to be resilient to overcome adversity.

Here Are My Top 10 Tips To Be Resilient:

1.    Stop worrying about things that are not in your control.
2.    Write positive affirmations about yourself; visibly post; repeat throughout the day.
3.    Create action plans with S.M.A.R.T. goals.
4.    Reach out to someone close and express what you are thinking and feeling.
5.    Write out what you are thinking and feeling.
6.    Seek out like-minded; positive people.
7.    Get outdoors; stretch; exercise; and eat healthy whole foods.
8.    Sing and laugh out loud – LOUDLY!
9.    List the positive outcomes and lessons learned from the tough circumstance.
10.  Tell yourself, “This is only temporary. This too shall pass.”

Impossible Erased to Possible

With each tough circumstance you overcome, you will become more resilient, stronger and wiser. Staying worried, confused, or afraid will leave you complacent, unfulfilled and accepting of the status quo. Accepting the status quo gives people the opportunity to fall behind and settle.

Whether you need to overcome tough circumstances in your organization, professional career or personal life, you must realize that letting go of the past, makes room for a brighter future.  Just as you mastered your current ways of operating and being, you will master new ways that are even better in the long-run.  Once you do, you will say to yourself, “I wish I did this a long time ago.”

Be strong, be wise, be delicious!