Adversity strikes every now and then. It came on strong this week and challenged me to stop doing what I do best. Telling me I don't measure up.
At 5:20 am there was a knock and the doorbell rang. Not thinking, I walked down the stairs and peeked through the little hole. Adversity probably disappeared hearing my footsteps. I went back to bed fearing the heck out of me not knowing why adversity has to knock on a private door at that hour when it is still dark outside.
Did you encounter adversity this week? Or maybe last month?
What did you do?
How do you get over the humps of writing, business or life?
Here are three of my get it over with tools:
In my inbox:
As a web copywriter, the Internet is my world when I work. This morning, author and leadership coach, John C Maxwell appeared in my inbox and he told me this:
Adversity came in the form of rejections.
Yet another on my iPod:
Learning from my mentor, one way to shut off negativity is by putting on the headphones and listen to some truths.
The reader read, how does an artist achieve power? Preparation, order, patience, endurance, acting in the face of fears and failures, no excuses, no bullshit and the professional focuses on the mastery of the craft…plows the field and do the work. (An excerpt from the Forward written by Robert McKee from Stephen Pressfield’s War of Art)
All that matters is I put in my time and hit it with all I’ve got. All that counts is that for this day, for this session, I’ve overcome resistance. Pressfield was right; adversity came to resist me from putting in the work.
Adversity came in the form of fear.
The young entrepreneur that sat in the next room:
She was reading out loud and these were the words: How badly do you want to crush it? Is it an all-consuming feeling? Do you stay awake at night, your brain swimming with ideas and dreams?
If I had not read that book, I would have thought she was asking me questions. She was reading from Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It!.
My daughter kicks my butt daily with her work ethic and consistency. She must have got those good traits from her father. “Mom, you can do it!” She turned 17 this week. She is a young entrepreneur who is working her craft not without adversity.
What are your pain points with your life or business? Reach out to the great books written that encourage and motivate, subscribe to some e-newsletters that bring inspirational stories and quotes each week or you may find inspiration at home through your spouse or your children.
The doorbell did not ring again at 5:20 am. Guess adversity gave up on me for now. As I look through the work I did this week, I have 10 published works in different websites over the Internet. Not bad for a web copywriter.
Benjamin Disraeli quoted there is no education like adversity. Finally, smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
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Claudia Looi helps entrepreneurs grow their online presence and increase revenue with her writings. She has 12 years of travel industry and 5 years of real estate and finance experiences prior to establishing her online writing business. She is a web copywriter, travel and web content writer who is totally location independent. Claudia holds a B.A. in Social Science (Geography and Political Science) and loves traveling, experiencing other cultures and languages. She has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and New York City.