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Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

BreesDrew Brees had been unemployed, experienced a career-threatening injury, and was filled with self-doubt. Sundays he’s an NFL football player. Here are the insights he gained. 1

Perspective

“From my perspective, it’s when the rug gets pulled out from under you that you really find your calling in life. Those defining moments don’t have to be tragedies. When they’re viewed through the lens of God’s plans, they can be ‘points of purpose’ in your life.”

“I really believe adversity is a path to opportunity. But sometimes it’s difficult in the moment to see that God has a bigger vision for the future than you can grasp. It may be years before you can look back and truly appreciate the journey God has taken you on. And usually, it’s one you wouldn’t have chosen.”

“The only choice I did have was what I would do with that adversity when it came my direction. I also learned that despite the circumstances you find yourself in, it’s wise to worry only about the things you can control.”

“I believe each one of us has a calling for our lives, and it’s up to us to pursue that with everything we have. In the end, there’s a reward for having done the right thing, the thing you were called to. When you do, your children and grandchildren and the generations to follow will be blessed by your actions.”

Knowledge helps, but knowledge “alone doesn’t change anyone. You have to get to the point where you not only accept it but own it and put it into practice. That’s the only way you’ll see a change.”

Coming Back Stronger

“The next time you’re up against one of those difficult times, you might not be able to see it as an opportunity to gain power and confidence, but it is—you can bank on it. You have to prepare now to trust and have faith that it’s happening for a reason. And when it comes, you can lean into the adversity, put your shoulder down, push through it, and learn from it. Through those experiences, God will mold you into the person he wants you to be. The person you’re meant to be.”

“Indeed, the “low points have given me the chance to regroup and refocus on what’s most important. And those experiences have also given me empathy for others when they are going through a tough situation.”

“God used all those things to work together for good in my life.”

Brees was good in high school and college, but no one knew he would become a likely hall of fame player.

What adversity have you overcome to come back stronger?
What adversity is looking to teach you now?

1 – I interlinked Drew Brees story with the story of Trent Dilfer another former NFL quarterback whose family’s story is told in Curtis Eichelberger’s book Men of Sunday. There stories are different, but the lessons they have learned are similar. I admire their perspective on life.

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