Triumph against all odds.

If something happens against all odds, it happens or succeeds although it seemed impossible or very unlikely. Some people do manage to achieve business success against all odds. Many of them triumph against considerable odds.

Winston Churchill once said that success in life is determined by your ability to go from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

I have had days when I woke up found myself staring at the ceiling with a mind void of purpose to begin the day. These are moments I felt that I needed a jolt of motivation to ignite my passion.

I had those days where I had to take my mind for a walk, or rather my mind took me for a walk,  when defeatist thoughts held my brain hostage by counting all the “bad things” that took wind out of my motivation and perseverance. I felt like being kicked in the rear when I was already down.

When you’re down, it seems impossible at times to ever win the game of life. Your thoughts gravitate rapidly towards the abyss of despair and pessimism. The real reality is that if you think hard, if you don’t cave into those defeatist thoughts, if you never lose focus of what inspires you in the first place – there’s always a lifeline to latch on to and pull yourself out of a slump!

What Causes the Slump?

When we feel a slump, there are three factors contributing to foment this downward spiral in our mind. Once we understand these factors and develop an awareness towards them, we can start looking up and push ourselves out of the abyss of despair.

This may be as a result of:

  • Our perceived result: Anything we do in life has to deliver a fulfilling, achievable result in terms of financial or spiritual reward that we seek from this effort.
  • Our thoughts: Our desire to seek this reward is tied to our self-imposed limitation by a factor called time.
  • Our environment: This includes our family members, friends and others who influence our thoughts.

The nexus between our expectations and the time is one of the lethal combinations to spark the flame of slump in our mind. The art of winning against odds lies in learning an important axiom of life — We can control what we seek; We cannot control the time it takes to achieve what we seek.

 The following are the 7 Must Habits to Win against the odds:

  1. Learn to accept responsibility for your actions.

Finger pointing is one of the most repugnant of all character flaws. With illusive self-image, we tend to live in denial to admit that the desired outcome has not arrived at the time limit we imposed on our efforts. It’s a misalignment of our perception of time it takes to achieve a desired result that throws us into this dismal behavior.

Learn to admit that what you’ve set your mind to achieve has not happened or delayed for some things that were not known to you. Make a steadfast commitment to learn from the experience and revise the time to achieve your set goal.

  1. Admit your mistakes.

Another character ding is not admitting a mistake in the face of adversity. Adversity is nothing more than a perception flaw of what we wanted against what we reap after exerting our efforts. If you are wrong, admit it. That’s the first step towards building our own conscience.

It also helps us receive support from others to try harder by creating a positive self image of transparency. If you don’t allow mistakes in your life, success may always be in exile. The road to success is built with the asphalt of mistakes.

  1. Develop mental toughness. 

Your mental toughness is a gauge of your ability to persist in the face of adversity. Developing mental toughness allows you to remain poised when the going gets tough. No one is born with the inherent character of mental toughness. It can be learned, and you must learn it to win against the odds.

  1. One goal at a time.

Whenever I have tried to accomplish many goals by juggling to allocate time to several goals, I’ve found myself exhausted at the end of the day with the feeling of lack of accomplishment. This negative influence has worked like a chain of reaction by causing more stress and misery on the following day and so on.

Life is good when we make it simple. Untangle the web of conflicting goals and start working on one goal at a time. You’ll be amazed at the boost in your energy level and a new-found passion as a result.

  1. Develop your inner self. 

We do many things in life to glorify outer existence that is a mean to show off to others. Building a strong body, possessing a nice home, possessing a nice car and so on – These are the goals for our ego.

I’m not against it, but I’m also amazed by many who ignore their inner self in a vain search of happiness from this ego nurturing goals. Do you meditate everyday? Or do you perform yoga? Or do you spend solo time to reflect on your inner strengths and weaknesses? All of these build your character.

  1. Focus on what you can control. 

Our impulsive thoughts always tend to waste our life-energy by focusing on things that we cannot control. It’s not the circumstances that cause us to react in a certain way, it’s a certain way we choose to react to the circumstances that matters most to win against the odds.

  1. Never stop learning. 

Learning is a life long process. When time gets tough, we tend to close all the doors leading to our enlightenment. Leave the doors of knowledge open. Try to learn new skills, try to read daily, try to listen to the motivational or a personal development tapes to feed positivity to your mind. All of these can make you a better person with the attitude, self-esteem and the skill to master the art of winning against the odds.

When everything seems to be working against you —remember that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. No matter how difficult your circumstances are, you can overcome once you master the art of winning against all odds. –  posted by Shilpan on Street Smart Finance; 7 habits to master the art of triumph against all odds.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane