Adversity requires you to make a choice: react on Default or respond with Discipline. The choice, not the adversity, is what matters most.

“Adversity requires you to make a choice: react on Default or respond with Discipline. The choice, not the adversity, is what matters most.” – Tim Kight

We know that we will face adversity in our lives. We face adversity – to differing degrees – each and every day. The events in our lives that present challenges provide opportunities. We can either step up and act with purpose or we can react by default. In many cases our default reactions make situations worse . . . we either ignore the adversity all together or our default exacerbates the challenge.

When our default response to an event is ignoring the situation all together, we permit the adversity to continue and to grow. Each of us can look back on a situation we should have addressed earlier, only to have the adversity worsen over time. From avoiding a critical conversation with a colleague to witnessing a bully in action without mustering-up the courage to stop the behavior.

When our default response is angry, emotional, or defensive we fail to play a role in the solution. Only through discipline action – only by taking the time to evaluate options, get our minds right, and stepping up – can we lead as part of the solution. The choice is up to you.

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