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TCFP057: PERSPECTIVE IN ADVERSITY

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE CHAMPION FORUM PODCAST WITH JEFF HANCHER! THIS EPISODE IS BEING RELEASED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WHILE THIS SITUATION IS UNIQUE, IT IS NOT THE ONLY DIFFICULT SITUATION YOU WILL FACE AS A LEADER. YOU CAN HAVE MULTIPLE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES, BUT PERSEVERANCE IS WHAT WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED AND FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, EVEN DURING A CRISIS. IN THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, WE WILL TALK ABOUT FOUR MINDSET SHIFTS YOU NEED TO MAKE IF YOU WANT TO LEAD YOUR TEAM THROUGH ANY ADVERSITY YOU MIGHT FACE.

HOW ARE YOU VIEWING THIS ADVERSITY? YOU MIGHT THINK THAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAD AN EASY PATH TO THE TOP--THEY GOT LUCKY! IN REALITY, MANY PEOPLE ARE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THEY DEVELOP STRENGTHS AND SKILLS BY FACING ADVERSITY HEAD-ON.

“MY GREAT CONCERN IS NOT WHETHER YOU HAVE FAILED BUT WHETHER YOU ARE CONTENT WITH YOUR FAILURE." - PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

1. ADVERSITY IS TEMPORARY

ADVERSITY HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PREDICT WHEN IT WILL BE OVER, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT WILL COME TO AN END.

2. ADVERSITY CAN BECOME AN ANCHOR

GOING THROUGH DIFFICULTIES IS HUMBLING AND CAUSES YOU TO ASSESS WHAT IS IMPORTANT, BUT YOU CAN’T STAY IN THAT PLACE FOREVER. LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE, AND MOVE FORWARD!

3. ADVERSITY CAN BE YOUR GREATEST TEACHER

DON’T ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOUR SITUATION IS DOING TO YOU, ASK YOURSELF WHAT IT IS DOING FOR YOU. WHEN YOU CHANGE THAT ONE WORD, YOUR ADVERSITY BECOMES YOUR ALLY INSTEAD OF YOUR ENEMY. IF YOU ALLOW IT, ADVERSITY CAN TEACH YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF.

4. ADVERSITY REVEALS THE GOOD

THE MORE YOU ARE WILLING TO SEEK A SOLUTION, THE MORE YOU WILL FIND THE GOOD IN ADVERSITY. AN EASY WAY TO FIND THE GOOD IS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE. WHEN YOU ARE GRATEFUL YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE OBSTACLE AND PUT THEM ON THE SOLUTION.

Q: WHAT ATTITUDES AND FEELINGS DO YOU HAVE TOWARD WHATEVER ADVERSE SITUATION YOU ARE FACING? ARE THOSE ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS SERVING YOU OR MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO FUNCTION? WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS

Q: HOW HAS A LEADER HELPED YOU THROUGH AN ADVERSE SITUATION IN THE PAST? WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THAT SITUATION? HOW COULD YOU APPLY THEIR LEADERSHIP STYLE TO YOUR PERSONAL SITUATION?

Q: HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF ASKING WHAT A SITUATION IS DOING FOR YOU? HOW DOES IT CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE? HOW COULD DOING SO HELP YOU SEE THE GOOD IN ANY SITUATION?

APPLICATION ACTIVITIES

  1. WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM ADVERSITY YOU HAVE FACED IN THE PAST? TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON YOUR PAST VICTORIES. HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR PERSPECTIVE TOWARD YOUR CURRENT SITUATION?

  2. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE COPING WITH THE ADVERSITY YOU ARE CURRENTLY FACING? RATE YOURSELF FROM 1-10 IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: PERSONAL SATISFACTION, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, OUTLOOK, AND EMOTIONAL STABILITY. THEN, MAKE A GRATITUDE LIST EVERY MORNING FOR THE NEXT WEEK AND THEN RATE YOURSELF IN THOSE FOUR AREAS AGAIN. DID YOU SEE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND ATTITUDES?

  3. YOUR PERSONAL ATTITUDE IS ONE THING, BUT AS A LEADER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING YOUR ENTIRE TEAM NAVIGATE ADVERSITY. SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOUR TEAM, AND ASK THEM HOW THIS SITUATION IS HAPPENING FOR THEM. HELPING YOUR TEAM CHANGE THEIR PERSPECTIVE WILL HELP YOUR ENTIRE TEAM OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND POSITIVELY WHILE YOU ARE IN AN ADVERSE SITUATION.

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