The Will to Rise Above, Part 1

Nobody is immune to the challenging seasons of life. We’ve all been there and we all have trials and tribulations to come. This is a fact of life.

However, have you ever noticed that some people seem to survive and carry on through challenging times better than others? These people tend to handle success and tremendous growth better as well.

What is their secret?

What I’ve learned is that those who can roll with the punches along with thriving more after times of trial and adversity seem to be able to do so because of their outlook on life’s hardships. It is because of the lens in which they see all that happens in life and how they respond.

This is the first part of series on this subject. These writings will lean toward those in sales, leadership, recruiting, and any business or entrepreneur lifestyle. They will, however, be applicable for anyone and everyone.

We all aim to reach higher, to grow, and to impact. We all want to face adversities with grace and integrity and be able to Rise Above them to become greater versions of ourselves. Our ability to make an impact on those around us, earn and grow wealth, and live according to our greater purpose depends on this. I’ve devoted my life to this study and aim to pass on applicable lessons I’ve lived, learned, and am dedicated to keep learning in the years ahead.

Here are the first 2 ways to rise above this week:

  1. If you want to change things, you need to start with changing yourself.

    Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. Don’t you know people whose lives are chaotic and stressful? And isn’t that largely because they feel chaotic inside? We like to think that changing our circumstances will change us. But we have it backward—we need to change ourselves first before our circumstances can and will change.The strategy is to start small. The little things compound and grow quicker than we think.

    When a man is right, his world will be right.

    What is one thing you can do today that can bring more gratitude, more joy, more patience to your day? When we start here, it is amazing how things around us tend to fall in line with what you are focused on.

  2. Things can—and do—change. 

    “This too shall pass” is one of my favorite sayings. When we are stuck in a bad situation, we get caught thinking that there is no way out. We think nothing will ever change. But guess what? It will! Nothing is permanent except death. Get out of the habit of thinking that things will always be this way. They won’t. You need to take some sort of action for things to change. It won’t magically happen all on its own.The simple act of closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and saying slowly “this too shall pass” is an incredibly calming first step.Maybe it is a sickness or health situation, financial difficulties, results in your job, or something similar that is weighing on you. Isn’t it gratifying knowing that this is all part of you becoming greater? We all know these things will pass as long as we are diligent and steadfast in our efforts and our resolve. Accept what is reality today and calmly remind yourself that tomorrow is a brand new day.

Draw strength and peace knowing that you are growing stronger every day.

One of my favorite personal mantra’s is JMMS—“Just Makes Me Stronger.” Each and every thing I go through is a blessing and meant to make me, in some way, a little stronger.

Oftentimes, I may not see it in the short term, but I have full confidence it is happening—for that I am grateful.


Photo by Sven Scheuermeier

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