How do You Deal with Crisis?

A lot of people are facing a crisis right now. If you're one of those people, ask yourself: Will this crisis make you stronger, or weaker? Will you rise to the challenge, use your creativity and persistence to overcome hardship? Or will you complain, play the blame game, and let the situation get the best of you?

There's a wonderful quote by Albert Einstein that says:

“Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress.

"Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born from the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis. The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems."

Take an honest look at the situation you're in and ask yourself, "how and why did this happen?" The purpose is to be objective and learn as much as you can about what led you to this point, not to place blame. Recognize where your thoughts and actions led you here as much as the actions of others. Once you've done this, next ask yourself, "How can I prevent this from happening to me again?" The great thing about acknowledging your own contributions to the problem is that you then have the power to come up with a solution, and prevent a similar crisis in the future.

Here's a link to a video where Robert and I talk about the adversity we went through when we were homeless, and what we learned from that time of crisis in our lives.  

I wish you the best of luck – and perseverance - as you work to overcome whatever crisis you face.

Original publish date: January 15, 2010