Master Key Week 5: Welcome Adversity into Your Life

Have you ever woke up in the morning with sore muscles?

  1. Starting a new exercise program.
  2. An intense day of spring cleaning or working in the yard.
  3. A guided Kayak tour on a lazy river.
  4. A crazy day at a theme park rushing from ride to attraction to show.

The morning after any of these experiences, your muscles may greet you with an uncomfortable response to the prior day’s activities. This soreness isn’t really your body punishing you for working your muscles too hard. It is a sign that your body is adapting, building and preparing for future intense physical activity. If you decide to continue that new exercise program, you will find that the soreness soon decreases and the stamina and intensity you can bring to the exercises increases. your physical body responds to adversity by making improvements to handle future challenges.

Do you remember the first time you drove a car?

  1. Depress the brake pedal.
  2. Release the parking brake,
  3. Shift into reverse.
  4. Check your review mirrors.
  5. Check up and down the street to make sure the road is clear.
  6. Look over your shoulder and out the back window.
  7. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  8. As the car approaches the street, slowly turn the wheel to the right.
  9. Once you’ve backed int the street, depress the brake pedal.
  10. Shift into Drive.
  11. Release the brake pedal and move your foot to the accelerator pedal.

All these actions just to back out of the driveway! Do you remember how much conscious thought you needed just to maneuver the car in very simple ways? However, as you continued to practice driving, your mind began to start performing many of the steps unconsciously. Driving became much easier and you had time to focus your thoughts on more advanced driving skills. Now that you have been driving for years, you have no trouble talking on the phone, drinking a bottle of water and listening to music all while maneuvering through heavy traffic. Over time, your mind has responded to each adversity that occurred while driving and has incorporated improvements to better handle future challenges.

Adversity WallHave you ever tried something once and given up, never to try again?

As you go through life, you encounter new experiences almost every day. Most of these new experiences will be accompanied by some level of adversity. How you decide to respond to that adversity will effect the path your life takes. For example, the first cigarette someone smokes is usually accompanied by some coughing or even some gagging. This adversity may cause the person to quit smoking right then and there, never to smoke again.

However, giving up at the first sight of problems is seldom a good idea. This is especially true if you have a clearly defined purpose in mind. Just as your body responds to adversity by improving and your mind responds to adversity by improving, so do all aspects of your life.

Are you ready to embrace the adversity that awaits you?

This is the question that has been entering my mind throughout the week. Many different sources have all been showing me the same simple truth: Life contains adversity. Growth requires plowing through the challenges. Avoiding adversity is avoiding growth.

Keeping all this in mind, I am now focusing on these ideas:

  1. It is important to know how I want to live my life now and in the future.
  2. Reading a descriptive statement of my Definite Major Purpose in life keeps me focused on my goals.
  3. It is important I invest my time on activities that move my goals forward.
  4. Activities not associated with my goals are not important.
  5. There will be adversity as I am accomplishing my goals and these challenges will ultimately make my future actions easier to accomplish.
  6. I always keep my promises; especially those promises I make to myself.

Are you avoiding a challenge that lies in the path of what you want in life? 

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6 thoughts on “Master Key Week 5: Welcome Adversity into Your Life

  1. Dan, very well done. Yes, I am sore after a new workout. Yes, I forgot to check my mirrors before backing out the first time. But I want to be fit and tone and I wanted to drive, so I learned and improved.

  2. Really well thought out and presented, Dan. I liked the driving analogy as it’s easy to forget that we didn’t start out that way – and you just gave me great hope (Law of Giving, #3) that the same will happen for those of us who keep up the practise – and I sincerely hope it is ALL of us who will reap the rewards. Welcoming adversity into my life – well, I don’t know that I would go happily seeking it, but I know we are learning how to respond effectively to adversity or challenges when they do present. And of course, that’s what we’re all facing at the moment, otherwise we wouldn’t see the need to be part of this training towards self-discovery of the most enlightening kind.

  3. Wow, Dan! I love your writing style..and your ability to break things down into digestible pieces… Your way of interpreting adversity is powerful…with it’s illustrations… After reading and contemplating this…I see my attitude towards adversity can change…. In my head..I have always understood that it is only through adversity comes an equal or greater strength…but in your explanation with your examples…it makes sense easily and simply…because you present the evidence easily and simply… Thank you!!

  4. This was great. I certainly see my old, younger self in there, the kid who would try anything once but would quit if he wasn’t an expert at it the first time out. It took me a long time to learn that performance comes from practice and perseverance, and that that the car has to start out in first gear and work its way up to overdrive.

  5. Very precise, organised writing, Dan. This would indicate to me an organised lifestyle, and an organised mind. Something very needful in a person wishing to accomplish this challenging goal without an accompanying nervous breakdown !! I applaud your approach and your style, Dan. Something else for me to think about….
    By the way – my first attempt at driving a car occurred so long ago that it has faded into the mists of time…

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