“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity” —John F. Kennedy
When your life is out of control, you tend to quickly pivot to survival mode. Your life becomes focused on just getting through the day. Beyond that? You don’t have the time or energy to care about anything and anyone outside of yourself.
Now more than ever, you need to take advantage of your availability to discover your superpowers. When we are challenged is where we rise to the occasion the best. During a crisis, our minds become busy, and we start to over think things. When life is calm, it’s a great time to take advantage of a flexible mindset made possible by circumstances and learn something new.
In short, take ownership of this moment for personal growth.
Furthermore, the act of bettering yourself gives you focus, something you can control right now and help your mental state. Personal growth is all about attitude and the idea you can keep growing, even now. Where should you begin?
- Ability to Embrace Adversity
There’s no doubt turmoil can make a mess of your life. But as you start looking for solutions, you’re going to discover something about yourself. Adversity brings out your best, forcing you out of your secure zone to find new solutions. And with an open-minded attitude, you can even come to embrace adversity.
- Proficiency at Challenges
A crisis demands creative solutions. After all, if the situation was ideal, you would not be a challenge. In the long run, what this means is you’re going to get better at mental recall and seeing solutions where you hadn’t previously.
- Better at Seeing the Opportunity
Once you look past the crisis itself, you’re going to start seeing episodes that show your strengths. There’s a great deal of opportunity in a crisis if you can maintain and adapt when it comes to rolling with the punches. Developing this skill now means you’ll never miss an opportunity again.
- Cultivate Positivity
How can you possibly make it through a crisis if all you’re doing is focusing on the negative? If at that time you can discover your superpower to find the positive and keep an encouraging attitude even when things are uncontrollable, you’ll be able to stay positive no matter what life throws at you.
- Develop More Empathy
You can’t go through tough times without learning something about how hard life can be. Not all circumstances are win-win, some will be a lesson. By leveraging this into empathy, you’ll gain more compassion for those around you.
Okay, this sounds like a lot! But picture a newer, stronger version of yourself developing even now. Think how exciting it will be coming out of this crisis stronger and better prepared than ever before!