In the Face of Adversity


As you may know, I am a huge fan of the New York Yankees. I have been a Yankee fan all my life, probably because my father was a Yankee nut. To see what has happened to the Yankees this spring is disheartening to say the least. The situation, however, is an important metaphor for life.

In the face of adversity, what will you do? Will you say “poor poor pitiful me”, or will you look for possibilities to improve your current situation. Please read between the lines and realize that I have just given you another example of how choice enters into our everyday thinking.

We are all born with the ability to choose. Our parameters of choice are predicated upon our formative years, as well as our ability to negotiate an outcome based on the facts at hand. If we choose the same outcome over and over again it becomes more of a habit then it does a choice. This in and of itself is counterproductive because most people cannot move forward without the ability to change focus and try different paths. The person who usually comes out ahead in these situations is the one who was able to take all of the choices available, prioritize them, and then set about performing them to find the right fit.

Two examples of dealing with adversity are those of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Each of them was faced with a daunting task of rebuilding their bodies to the point where they could perform their particular feats of athleticism at a high level. Both Jeter and Rivera, had to literally learned how to walk again. Unfortunately, I have firsthand knowledge of this process with two knee replacements

The eye must be on the prize not the process. Your ability to adapt to change is the key to your to success. It is logical to assume that you will suffer more defeats than victories but with your vigilance on your achievable outcome, allows you the confidence and drive for success.

Therefore, faced with adversity, choose your goal or outcome and eliminate in your mind all choices except success.

As Zig Ziegler used to say “I will see you at the Top”

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