April 4, 2003.
"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
George S. Patton
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Like it or not, all of us are going to face our fair share of adversity from time to time throughout our lives. It is how we respond to these make or break moments in life that in large measure determines the success we get to enjoy.
"It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks."
How do you typically respond when tough times come calling? Do you see these challenges as opportunities to put your best to the test or do you view them as invincible foes? Do you consistently meet lifes stumbling blocks head on, immediately searching out ways to go around, over or through them or do you cautiously cower in the corner?
When life throws you a difficult problem, do you exhibit a tenacious drive to find the answer or do you instead look for the easy way out? When you get knocked to your knees, do you immediately get up and get better or do you stay down for the count?
"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong."
Learning how to bounce back from adversity is the calling card of champions. While a winner may get knocked down, nothing can keep an achievement oriented individual down for very long. And that's the key.
Hey, there is no disgrace in giving life your best shot and coming up short on occasion. It happens to the best of us. As a matter of fact, the majority of the most successful people on this planet literally failed their way to the top. They kept getting up and getting better each time they got knocked down until they got where they were going. And so should you.
"Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records."
William A. Ward
Getting bounced around is simply a part of getting better as long as you keep bouncing back. Each and every time you get knocked down, simply pick yourself up and get back in the game. Developing a self reliant resiliency, where you condition yourself to bounce back time after time, will effectively insulate you from the difficult hands youre going to be dealt every so often.
Norman Vincent Peale, author of the fabulously successful book The Power of Positive Thinking, had this to say about overcoming difficult times: "Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong."
When those tough times come your way, never forget that you are tougher than anything life can hurl your direction. Always remember that you were blessed with a indefatigable heart, a super powerful, supercharged dynamo that can plow through even the toughest of times. When Dr. Robert Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do," he was talking to you.
When you keep bouncing back, youll soon find yourself bouncing all the way to the top.
The Bottom Line: When you keep bouncing back from adversity, life's setbacks ultimately pave the way for your comeback.
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