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Adversity...What's up with that?

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

As we all come to understand at some point--life, is full of ups and downs. No matter where we come from, or what we have accomplished in life, sometimes we are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. It's never the challenges we face or the struggles that plague us that make us successful, it is the ability to overcome this adversity that sets successful people apart from the rest.

Adversity can come in many forms, such as personal setbacks, financial difficulties, unexpected life circumstances, loss, health problems or a host of other things. Whatever the challenge, the following strategies can help you overcome adversity and emerge stronger than ever before...and that's the goal, right? We want to overcome and be stronger than we were before.

  1. Reframe your perspective: Adversity is not always a bad thing. In fact, it can be an opportunity for growth and learning. When faced with a challenge, try to see it as a chance to develop new skills or gain a new perspective on life. Reframing your perspective can help you to feel more positive and optimistic, which can in turn help you to overcome adversity more easily. It is the lens we look through that determines if we will overcome or crumble. Try a different view.

  2. Build resilience: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is an important trait that can help you to overcome difficult situations and emerge stronger. To build resilience, try to focus on the things you can control and develop a positive attitude. It can be as simple as practicing self-care because practicing self-care can help you to build resilience by improving your physical and emotional well-being.

  3. Take action: When faced with adversity, it is important to take action rather than letting yourself become paralyzed by fear or doubt. Start by breaking down the problem into smaller, more manageable steps. Then take action on each of these steps, one at a time. This can help you to feel more in control and reduce feelings of overwhelm. After all, what can you do but take one step at a time?

  4. Seek support: Overcoming adversity is not something that you have to do alone. Seek support from family, friends, or a therapist who can provide guidance and encouragement. Additionally, joining a support group or community can help you to connect with others who have experienced similar challenges. We are never an island, and when we act like one, we suffer.

  5. Learn from the experience: Every adversity has the potential to teach us something new about ourselves and the world around us. Take the time to reflect on what you have learned from the experience and how it has helped you to grow as a person. This can help you to develop a sense of meaning and purpose, even in the face of difficult circumstances. Simply asking yourself what has this shown me and how will I change because of it? can take the hurt from us and give us meaning we didn't have before.

What if we don't overcome adversity?

We become a hollow shell that is a supporting character and never the protagonist in our own life story.

Overcoming adversity is a challenging but necessary part of life. By reframing your perspective, building resilience, taking action, seeking support, and learning from the experience, you can emerge from adversity stronger and more capable than ever before. Remember that no matter how difficult the situation may seem, you have the power to overcome it and emerge victorious!

If you or someone you know needs a little, or a lot, of help making sense of the adversity in your life and how to overcome it successfully, please reach out to The King's Forge Counseling today by filling out the contact form on

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