Wouldn’t it be great if no matter what you did, worked out exactly as you planned, with nothing or no one getting in your way? Or, would life be rather boring if this happened? Like it or not, you are going to face a certain amount of adversity in many aspects of your life and there isn’t much you can do about it. Therefore, will need to learn how to deal with that adversity. These tips can help show you the way.
1. Determine Your Needs
When you know ahead of time what your needs are, you will be in a better position to deal with adversity. If you don’t and a situation arises, you won’t be able to challenge others’ assumptions because you don’t have a firm grip on what you are looking for.
2. Be Strong
Sometimes, adversity comes from people who have strong personalities. These people are used to getting their way and will be the first to let everyone know their positions. If you take a strong position and believe in it, you can challenge these strong-willed people. It doesn’t mean they will readily back down, but they will have a newfound respect for you.
3. Try to Counter Any Objections
Adversity is often about objections from others. If you can anticipate those objections and prepare for them ahead of time, you may be able to counter them easily. At the very least, you will set the stage for further exploration.
4. Find Ways to Make Everyone Satisfied
Sometimes when you discuss situations with others who hold a different belief, the conversation gets heated. One side will state a strong opinion while the other side gives its own opposing and strong opinions. Usually, nothing gets resolved from these types of sessions. Try instead, to find some common ground that can make everyone happy. This won’t always be possible. However, it never will happen if you don’t at least, put in the effort. Somewhere in the middle is the truth, as they say.
5. Resistance is Expected
People will always come from different backgrounds with different life experiences. Therefore, you should always expect some resistance to many situations.
6. Be the Better Person
Don’t take things personally when a situation gets heated. Rise above and be the better person. The situation may remain heated but at least you won’t be the one saying something you may regret.
7. Listen to the Opinions of Others
People have reasons for what they believe and it may be counter to your reasons. But, if you are unwilling to listen to what they have to say, you won’t get very far when trying to diffuse the situation. You don’t have to agree with what is being said. Just be willing to hear what others have to say. Who knows, you may be presented with some information that makes sense.