Discovering Your Inner Resolve: How to Find Courage in Adversity
Getting through life takes guts, grit, and gusto. Does this sound like an episode of Survivor yet? If we are being honest with ourselves, life mimics Survivor’s competitive nature. And just like the popular TV series, if you want to achieve your goals, you need to outwit, outplay, and outlast.
So to make an impact, you’ve got to be motivated, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and seek to develop your inner superpowers.
Believe it or not, you have all the strength you need, right this moment. And former Marine, published author, celebrated business coach for realtors, and CEO Kate Monroe has countless experiences, stories, and advice to share with anyone willing to be the sole survivor.
Let’s consider four superpowers Kate believes anyone can develop immediately.
Outwit, outplay, and outlast.
Being a Marine, Kate knows firsthand:
You need to be the one willing to stand the longest, no matter how stacked the odds feel against you.
Kate’s mentality of outwit, outplay, and outlast is about utilizing the advantage you can gain by stepping into the mindset of being the last one standing. How resolved are you in your commitment to your business, goals, or dreams?
Developing strength isn’t about anything more than understanding you can handle adversity. Life isn’t comfortable. I was a Marine, turned disabled Veteran, turned successful CEO, but those are just labels, and you can’t let labels hold you back from achieving what you set your mind to.
“Be the last one standing” is a mantra that Kate repeats to herself daily.
If you want to get ahead in your business or your life, you are going to have to be okay with going the distance it takes to find success. Success isn’t just handed to us — success requires determination and grit.
Trust your training.
We all spend a lot of our lives training for the next big thing. What good is that training, though, if we forget all about it as soon as we are finished? From her training in the Marines, Kate had this lesson drilled into her focused mind:
The military teaches you to trust your training, because when you’re in combat those are the skills that will keep you alive. But it is essential that we all trust our training when pursuing our goals.
Trusting your training means putting faith in your expertise and in the knowledge you have already accumulated. Whether you are stepping out on your own for the first time post-college, or pivoting from full-time employment to running your own business, or launching a new brand — trust the training you’ve already had. It’s all about leveraging what you already know.
Don’t seek outside yourself for the opinions of others. You have been cultivating your skill-set from the time you entered elementary school.
So ask yourself right now — what am I already passionate about and how do I already fuel that passion?
Kate’s ability to be a go-getter, rather than a daydreamer, has given her what she considers the most useful tool in her toolbox: confidence.
Kate is adamant about “knowing your worth beyond any doubt.” This means:
You need to show up for yourself, don’t give up on yourself, and stop shame-talking yourself.
We all know the vicious cycle that occurs in the mind when we feel we have failed, but like Kate, you can utilize perceived failure as fuel for your inner fire.
Life is going to get on top of you, if you let it. But if you can bring the faith back to yourself and know you have what it takes, you’ll be able to handle anything.
This is a powerful statement that Kate reminds us “requires a radical mindset shift.” If you accept the idea that you are already successful, then how you feel will speak for itself. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about motivation and improvement.
Kate also stays motivated because she sees perceived failure as the fertilizer for a growth mindset. Learn from the experience and then “move on!” Kate tells us:
Success doesn’t come from lamenting losses, it comes from executing.
Words to live by when bracing for the storm.
Calm in the storm.
This last one might be the hardest superpower to develop. And even for Kate, it took intense military training to cultivate.
When you’re spinning at tornado-like speeds, you must remain calm, even if you feel that you can’t hold on — keep trying.
When you can stare life right in the face, no matter the situation in front of you, you’ll know you’ve developed this superpower.
For Kate, remaining calm in the storm is “how you discover your resolve.” How can you build a growth mindset if there aren’t any bumps? How can you develop confidence if there isn’t a little hail? How can you be the last one standing if you aren’t willing to feel the ground shake?
Bracing for the storm of life means facing adversity with courage. It’s going to take guts, grit, and gusto to continually show up for yourself. But remember your worth. When you utilize your inner superpowers, then regardless of success or failure, you too are your own powerful CEO.
Victoria Kennedy, CEO of Victorious PR, has helps dozens of entrepreneurs become the #1 Authority in the niche and has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance. Find out more here: victoriouspr.com/vsl.
Kate Monroe is a published author and celebrated business coach for realtors and veterans. She trains professionals in their journey to financial success by helping them build their skills and optimize their sales strategy. To book a call with her, please visit http://katemonroeceo.com/.
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