Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect

Adversity is a fact of life. It will come and it will challenge you. How we deal with it begins to define us. How we plan for our reactions to it is what allows for personal growth because dversity is the single greatest conduit to personal growth.

So how do you react to your own personal adversities?
Do you become stressed? Do you run around without a plan? Do you talk out the problem with others who are empathetic? Do you move into action or enlist support? What are the characteristics that lie deep within you that you cannot run away from?

Adversity will bring out the characteristics you genetically have and unless you are working on understanding the person you are in those situations, then you will always react the same way. The same old way each and every time something odd should happen. Every person internally is a little like the Myth of Sysiphus. You may remember him. His punishment was to carry a massive boulder up a hill every day only to have it roll mercilessly back down the hill battering him in the process. He would then need to begin again. Sound familiar. We are all a little similar to Sysiphus. We will take the battering and then do it all over again. We expect things to change and yield a new result, yet we rarely do anything different. It is when adversity hits that we see the result of running with the status quo.

The challenge is not to avoid adversity but to remember that is coming and prepare yourself to react to it and grow from it. Today, you need to push yourself beyond your regular boundaries and see how you react. You need to ask more of yourself on a regular day and see what happens. You need to study you.

When adversity does strike, however big it is in your world, you will react differently because of the experiences you have practiced with. And practice makes perfect.

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