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5 tips for managing adversity in business

All athletes will have their share of adversity each season, just listen to the post-game interviews of teams and athletes who won a competition or championship. So, if you are going through some challenging circumstances, you’re not alone.

Being in business is no different, you are going to face adversity at some point. You can’t control what happens or when it happens to you but you can control how you respond.

You are going to face adversity at some point. You can’t control what happens or when it happens to you but you can control how you respond.

George-Marc Kairuz

As an entrepreneur building a young business, I have had the privilege of meeting many like-minded, hardworking captains of industry that are all pushing to build a vision for a passion that they have. In my discussions with these extraordinary individuals, I have discovered that every one of them have a story that is filled with challenges and struggles. I have been inspired listening to the stories they have shared with me of massive mountains they have climbed or are currently climbing.

I have realized, that as entrepreneurs, we face these challenges often alone and with no real platform to light the way with shared experience when we are in those dark and lonely moments of our journeys and we keep these monumental stories to ourselves, often simply out of fear of sharing them. Having gone through a similar journey and having had to climb my own mountains in business, I felt there might be an opportunity to piece together the shared learnings and find the common threads that have helped me climb the mountains in my business journey. 

As entrepreneurs, we face these challenges often alone and with no real platform to light the way with shared experience. I want to change this…

George-Marc Kairuz

These are my 5 Tips for managing adversity in business: 

TIP 1: THINGS HAPPEN – Don’t take it personally 

At the first sight of adversity our natural state is to get into the defensive and we often start asking questions like “why is this happening to me” or “why did they do this to me” or “what have I done to deserve this”. I’ve come to learn that we are all just working through this life and often making decisions that we believe are the best course for ourselves. We neglect to analyze how our actions might negatively impact the other people involved. Sometimes choices are made not in any consideration of the negative effects on others but rather to promote their own ambitions. This is, I believe, a negative characteristic of our human nature, to push one’s self ahead at the detriment of others. But the lesson to be learnt from this dark moment, is that we can’t take these actions personally. Things happen, people make choices. It just so happens those choices might impact you negatively but to take it personally is completely unhelpful. Recognize it, Accept your countability, learn from it, move on. 

TIP 2: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF – You are stronger then you know now

For me this was a hugely liberating lesson to learn. Recently having had to manage the adversity I faced in my own business, I came out on the other end with a new and revived self-confidence and self-belief. I learnt a valuable lesson that often we don’t know how strong we really are until we have been tested. We can often feel completely lost and unsure of how the future looks when facing the mountains in front of us not sure that we are able to climb it. But when you believe in a cause strong enough and you are willing to go the distance you will be surprised once you reach the pinnacle. You look back at what you’ve managed to endure and achieve and you’ll see how much you’ve grown. Strength is something that is built through challenge. Hold fast, you are stronger than you know now. 

TIP 3: DO THE WORK – Get out and do it and leave the excuses at the door 

It’s a well-known principle of life that no one achieves anything by not doing anything. No one is going to do that hard work for you. It’s up to you to put what needs to happen into action, which often comes with huge sacrifice but can return exponential reward. When faced with the challenge of climbing a mountain, One could give up, one could cry about the fear of climbing, one could make up every excuse in the book and could have default to the blame game. None of that will help you achieve. Set to work, put every bit of waking energy into working your way forward and taking ownership of what has to be done. I do want to add that in some circumstances, doing nothing is doing something and wisdom is knowing when that is appropriate. If you want to climb a mountain, you better start climbing. 

TIP 4: PEOPLE MATTER – Surround yourself with those that see your value

I don’t care who’s life we analyze and how successful or unsuccessful they appear now, every human has moments where they fall or fail. In those moments, when doubt is so readily available and your self-confidence is vulnerable, the people that you have put in your life will be the ones that help you up or keep you down. These influencers become an ally for you, someone who believes in you and that is the start of how to tackle any of your mountains. I say “the people you have PUT in your life” for a reason. You do have the power to decide who are the people that surround you. Choose wisely. 

TIP 5: TRUST GOD’S PLAN – “For I know the plans I have for you”

I can say without a shred of doubt that Jesus is working for the good of each of us. I know with every fibre of my being that God has a plan for me and for you. I have seen what I believed impossible, through small “random” acts and surprising guest appearances into many stories, turn out possible. God is working to have us live a good life with purpose and passion and He is moulding each of His people to be better versions of ourselves and live a life as Jesus example. As a Christ follower, this knowledge gives me massive hope and allows me to know that whatever situations I endure, that I am not alone in it nor that this is without opportunity to realize a vision that has been declared for my life. God is working for the good in me and in each of you, it’s now a choice for us of how we each accept this gift. 

What these 5 lessons have given to me, is simply the confidence to know that whatever comes along the paths of life I take, that I have the mindset of an athlete, the personal ability, the support of loved ones and a God who cares to start climbing the steps needed to take on any mountain that my story may have in store, And so do you.

What these 5 lessons have given to me, is simply the confidence to know that whatever comes along the paths of life I take, that I have the mindset of an athlete…

George-Marc Kairuz

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn: 5 lessons from a challenging 2018

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