Do you ever feel like life just keeps beating you down with one obstacle and defeat after another? You are not alone. I have felt that way many times in my life. In fact, people who have known me over the years tell me that “I am no stranger to adversity”. But, adversity is truly the life experience, uniquely designed for you, to create those circumstances that will allow you to learn and grow to your full potential and make the greatest impact in this life.
I am actually very grateful for my many adversities! It’s through the adversities in my life that I have grown the most. I have also learned that on the other side of every obstacle and adversity there are blessings waiting for you…huge blessings that you will only get by pushing through and learning through the trial.
Adversity Isn’t Failure
You will face many defeats or obstacles, but you should never feel defeated or feel like a failure. In fact success is merely a series of failures that you have courageously faced and overcome in order to reach your goal(s).
Not Only Born To Overcome, Adversity Is Life’s Teacher
Adversity is the greatest of life’s teachers and a necessary part of your growth and development in this life. Adversity teaches us the lessons we have to learn in this life to grow to our greatest potential. If we don’t learn the lesson the first time, we’ll be handed the lesson again and with a little more impact until we finally grow through experience. The athlete knows that breaking down of and rebuilding a muscle is necessary to improve their muscle strength and endurance. This same principle applies to adversity. As we face, overcome and work through adversity we find out who we really are, who we want to become and who we were meant to become.
You Were Born For Greatness
Many times it’s during your darkest hour of defeat that you hear that little voice deep down inside telling you that you were born for greatness, you were created for something more. Believe that voice. You will never face any obstacle or challenge that you do not have the resourcefulness and strength within you to overcome.
You Have A Responsibility To Overcome
You need to embrace the messes in your life and turn them into your life message where you can impact and inspire others, especially your posterity, to do the same. So if you want to have a great, impactful life turn your messes into your message.
You are your greatest obstacle. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can decide how you will respond and the choices you make as a result. Focus on being and becoming your best self. I like to call this your Higher Self…the evolved, experienced, wise YOU in the future, patiently guiding you along your personal journey of becoming the ultimate you.
Action Challenge: Know You Were Born To Overcome
I challenge you to take the step today to define what greatness means to you. What attributes does your higher self have? What life of meaning is your higher self living? What positive impact and inspiration does your higher self have on others? What life and lifestyle does your greater self live?
Now think about those things in your life that are holding you back from becoming your greater self? You are meant to break through those obstacles. In fact, it’s your responsibility and destiny to break through and overcome.
If you are comfortable and complacent in your life you are living to your highest potential. You will have greater joy, greater fulfillment in this life, greater relationships and a leave behind a worthy legacy when you decide to stand tall, move past the mess and embrace your message. Then share that message with those you in this life you are meant to impact and influence.
Discover who you are. Pursue your dreams and passions. Facing and breaking through adversity is part of the work required to become the great, amazing person you were born to be. You were born to overcome each and every obstacle you face in your life. Figuring it out is part of your growth and part of your plan. You have all the resources, power and strength within you and you will be provided with those things and people who are meant to assist you in your journey at the appropriate time. You just have to make the choice and the commitment to push through your adversity and be the greatest self you were born to be.
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