Adversity always seems to come at an unexpected time, from an unexpected source, or both. Even when you know its coming, it can throw you off. However, you can prepare yourself, to some degree ahead of time. Here is how: cast yourself fully upon Jesus. A.W. Tozer stated: When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.”
What a great word… and what an overlooked emotion and tool. Rather, I should say an emotion/tool often misapplied in our lives, which creates stress but accomplishes little. We are busy, very busy, without an understanding of what urgency is really about. Urgency is all about achieving success, no matter the area of life.
The act of looking someone in the eye and holding that look, while sharing from the heart, can be a powerful and persuasive force. Those who are master communicators understand and practice this tactic whenever they are intent on influencing you to their point of view. This can be done in a public speaking format, targeting a few people scattered in the audience, or it can be in a one-on-one conversation. It is in the one-on-one conversation where the real force of this tactic becomes evident, where the true power of can be felt.
Almost no one wants to confront the brutal truth about lack of progress and/or roadblocks in achieving a goal, which is why mediocrity is the norm. Because of this, problems are almost never addressed unless they become impossible to ignore. The more you know about what is really happening, the better you will be in a position to adapt and flow with the changes necessary to succeed.