“Every crisis offers an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser; to reach deep within and discover a better you that will create a better outcome. So while this is your crisis, what matters most is what you do with it.”
– Jon Gordon, Author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter
When people encounter a problem, many times they ask, “Why me? Why us?” A key to problem solving is changing perspective. Instead of asking, “Why me? Why us?” Ask yourself or your team, “What can you learn from this problem?” “What can you learn from this situation?” This small shift in perspective leads to a dramatic change in our mindset.
By focusing our mindset on growing and learning, you move from focusing on the problem to focusing on the solution, therefore, allowing us to learn how to be a better person, teammate, and competitor.
Question of the Day:
What problem or situation have you encountered that you can use to become a better person, teammate, and competitor?
Roald Amundsen was the first man to reach the South Pole. “Amundsen’s philosophy: You don’t wait until you’re in an unexpected storm to discover that you need more strength and endurance. You don’t wait until you’re shipwrecked to determine if you can eat raw dolphin. You don’t wait until you’re on the Antarctic journey to become a superb skier and dog handler. You prepare with intensity, all the time, so that when conditions turn against you, you can draw from a deep reservoir of strength. And equally, you prepare so that when conditions turn in your favor, you can strike hard.”
– Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, Authors of Great By Choice
Roald Amundsen is known for leading the first expedition to the South Pole. He had planned his expedition to the South Pole with great detail and great planning. He had a plan for failure; he had a plan if his plan did not work out. This is part of handling adversity: having a plan, a release or routine to go to, when “things do not work out.” A release is an action or routine that you use when something goes wrong.
You use a release, because you are prepared for adversity, you are prepared so you can draw on your reservoir of strength, so when the tide turns in your competition, you can strike hard.
Using a release shows your teammates that you have the Heart of a Competitor. A Heart of a Competitor desires to be an integral part of a team. Here are three ways to ensure that you and your teammates are on the same page:
- Care about your teammates.
- Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.
- Trust Each Other.
Question of the Day:
What did you do today to communicate with your teammates and show them that you trust them and care about them?
“There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Many people ask for an easy life, however, adversity and overcoming problems is where real growth occurs. Society loves the story of the underdog overcoming the odds and winning, and of the individual who has had to work for everything they have. You can come up with countless examples that make you shake your head, like Dick Hoyt pushing his son in a wheelchair through countless marathons; or Anthony Robles winning an NCAA Wrestling Championship, while only having one leg. These are a couple examples, however, when people face adversity and problems, their first response is, “Why me? Why us?”
“Why not me, why not us?” When you change your perspective and are thankful for the problems that you have and view them as opportunities for growth, you will attack the problems, rather than turn away from them. Thus, when these problems are attacked, real learning, growing, and maturing will occur.
Taking risks creates more opportunities to learn; thus you should be a risk-taker, and a problem-creator, to allow ourselves to reach our full potential.
Question of the Day:
What risk did you take today to allow a problem to occur so you could learn from it?
“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”
– Marcus Luttrell, Author, The Lone Survivor
Marcus Luttrell is known as the Lone Survivor. In his book and subsequent movie entitled The Lone Survivor, he details the training one undergoes to become a Navy Seal. Each activity and training a Navy Seal experiences is designed to strengthen their resolve and increase their resiliency so when they are on an actual mission, they are able to make decisions without interference.
The quote above is from Mr. Luttrell’s book and is a starting point in the understanding and philosophy as to what makes a Navy Seal so strong. A Navy Seal will THRIVE on adversity, get back up every time, use every ounce of strength to protect their teammates AND accomplish the mission.
Today, search for adversity, search for a problem that has knocked you down and draw on every remaining ounce of strength to get back up and accomplish your mission.
Questions of the Day:
What problem or adversity (big or small) did you face today that you could learn from?