Use the front window 90% of the time. Use the rear view mirror 10% of the time. Do not live in the past. Each of us faces adversity at some point in our lifetime, it is a common human condition. Most of us will face hardship both personally and professionally. What seems to shape a person is not so much the type of crisis but rather how it is handled.

How is it that some people seem to weather the storms better than others? How do some stay optimistic and productive after a setback? Whatever your reference point, know that it is within your power to not only neutralize the consequences, but craft the outcome to your advantage.

8 tips to tackling adversity in your life:

  1. The decisions you make will impact you first and foremost. Always remember that it’s your life, no one else’s.
  2. Things change. Evaluate your life goals once a week. If you don’t have any goals, then write three down today.
  3. Develop strategy around each goal. What is your timeline for the goal? Evaluate strategy every Monday morning.
  4. Do not spend your time thinking about all the things you can’t do. Your time is best spent in the areas you excel in.
  5. Use the front window 90% of the time. Use the rear view mirror 10% of the time. Do not live in the past.
  6. Rushing through the day from one task to the next will surely complete your task list. For above average life, execute the details.
  7. The 10% of the time you spend in the rear view mirror should be to embrace your failures. Remember them.
  8. Happiness comes from within. Fulfillment comes from within. The two are not necessarily related.