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  • Writer's pictureJ.Yuhas

9 Ways To Professionally Power Through Adversity

The truth is roadblocks will continuously show up in the workplace. And, while some professionals are better at managing adversity than others, it doesn’t mean everyone can’t learn how to overcome it with success.

What makes the top leaders better equipped than others to resolve challenges? There are a variety of attributes that can play a role in managing internal and external issues within clients or employees. Perhaps they know how to maintain their emotions effectively or maybe one of their leadership strengths is problem-solving. Regardless of their skillset, overcoming workplace stressors can be accomplished with a great strategy.

The best asset to overcoming adversity boils down to one thing: a positive mindset

Here Are 9 Ways To Bolster Yourself When Facing Workplace Challenges:

1. Embrace It Head-On

Avoiding adversity can cause more problems than the original problem. When problems get swept under the rug they only fester and become even larger over time creating new problems. It’s best to face challenges when they arise and strategize a plan into action.

2. Master Your Emotions

Challenges cannot be resolved from a heightened emotional state. In fact, emotions can cloud one’s thinking or mistakenly consider feelings to be facts when in reality they are not. Having emotional state management is an essential skill to resolving obstacles and creating a path forward.

3. Engage In Wellness Activities

Your daily self-care and self-love activities are a necessity to your mental well-being. Self-care is how you physically take care of your body - nutrition, working out, sauna, relaxing. Self-love is how you mentally process your emotions and brain activity - journaling, affirmations, deep breathing, gratitudes. Both are absolutely essential to properly be healthy and mentally up to par for when struck by challenges.

4. Have Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is all about knowing your strengths to strive forward when facing adversity and working through it. For example, if you know you are personally impacted or triggered by abrupt changes in your environment, then choosing a career that has a more stable environment, like a scientist, rather than a stock trader is probably the best choice for you.

5. Develop A Growth Mindset

Humans are ever-evolving for a lifetime. This means once you achieve one goal, then it’s time to set out and plan for a new goal. A leader with a growth mindset generally is striving towards becoming their best self and has a curiosity for learning. In addition, they continuously allow setbacks to fuel their growth and motivate them to push them forward in reaching success. Ultimately, fear has no place in a growth mindset.

6. Maintain Your Confidence

Believing in yourself is probably the most powerful tool you can keep in your back pocket. When you have internal strength you welcome challenges as opportunities for growth. You know the challenge is only temporary and you will use your past experiences as a guide in determining the best approach forward.

7. Honor Your Purpose

Your career may not be your purpose, and in fact, it’s healthy to have a purpose outside of your career. When facing tough times, putting your energy towards your greater mission in life can help you gain clarity and perspective on the challenge in front of you. Even though the challenge may seem like an exploding volcano at the moment when considering the bigger picture it may actually be a small hill to climb.

8. Have Gratitude

Roadblocks can seem like your world is caving in at the moment. It can be scary, anxiety-provoking, or even depressing if you have lost your job or a client. Having gratitude for what is right in front of you can help you see that life isn’t all that bad and you have more than you need to get through it. Even though it may not be easy at this moment, appreciating what you do have will help you maintain momentum.

9. Reflect And Let Go

You may not have all the answers you need right now and this is okay. You’ll want to fully assess the situation, weigh all other options or perspectives, logically create a plan of action, and then implement the steps towards your desired outcome. Having patience with yourself and trusting the process is essential in conquering adversity. And, what you can’t control or change you’ll need to let go of or it will hinder your success.

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