As a hockey
or ringette player, striving to be great or to be your best is not new to
you. As a competitive athlete, you make sacrifices
and you plan challenges, like setting goals to reach new heights. But you might also find yourself faced with
an unexpected challenge, like being “down” in a game or facing an injury. For some, such challenges seem to set them
back. For others, overcoming such
challenges and getting back on their path to greatness seems easier. Why is that?
What’s their secret?
Stoltz, the world’s leading expert on adversity and author of the internationally
acclaimed bestselling book, Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into
Opportunities, shares that secret with us - Suffering Well. What’s that you ask? Dr. Paul, as we call him, explains….
Anyone striving for greatness in
what they do is guaranteed the two Ss: Sacrifice and Suffering. In fact,
these are essential. You simply cannot get there without a good dose of
Sacrifice means giving up stuff you
love, to do stuff that hurts, to achieve/earn something higher, better, more.
Suffering means sometimes intense,
even unrelenting pain, anguish, doubt, and/or hardship. Ultimately, there
are two ways to suffer. You can suffer poorly, or you can Suffer Well.
To suffer poorly is to do so in a manner that drags you and everyone else
down. Everyone suffers when you suffer. This is common.
To Suffer Well is the opposite.
It means suffering in a way that elevates you and the people around you,
so all are made in some way better not despite, but because of, your suffering.
This is why suffering is so spiritual. And why it is such a profound
opportunity for leadership. Suffer well, and people will follow you along the
darkest trails, because they know in you there is light.
For an athlete, if you Suffer Well,
you make your team stronger, more resilient, and energized. You light up
your fans, when they see you rise up to your best in your most excruciating
moments. And, you move from laggard to legend. Only the great ones
Suffer Well. And you can't get there, unless you do.
like to learn more about Dr. Stoltz or his book, Adversity Quotient: Turning
Obstacles into Opportunities, and other works, visit http://adversityadvantage.com/index.html
Posted July 2013