If I said to you that every adversity carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit, you would probably agree with me. Napoleon Hill is most often credited with presenting that idea in his classic book “Think and Grow Rich.” If you haven’t read “Think and Grow Rich” I highly recommend it. It is one those pivotal works that has changed the lives of millions of individuals all over the world.

But getting back to the idea that every adversity carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit, I find it interesting that while most people agree with this notion superficially and even say they “believe” it, their actions tell a different story.

Here’s something to consider. If what you think you believe does not affect your behavior, then it’s doubtful that you really believe it. Read that again. If what you think you believe does not affect your behavior, then it’s doubtful that you really believe it.

I found myself thinking about this recently while coaching a high level executive about a current challenge he is facing. After a long string of major successes, my client has found himself in the middle of an unexpected situation. And while listening to him describe in detail the exact nature of the difficulty he is facing, I couldn’t help but think about the fact that adversity is a necessary and ongoing part of life. I’m sure that’s what prompted Napoleon Hill to write about this idea.

It’s so easy to forget that the raw material needed to achieve those things we want most in life is actually contained in the challenges we face. Transforming challenges into opportunities is the essence of what success is all about.
When I mentioned this to my executive client he immediately agreed with the idea. And by the time our conversation was over, we had put together an action plan to turn this unexpected twist of events into something very positive for him and his company. He was delighted when he finally saw the opportunity that was actually hidden in the challenge.

The reason I mention this is because some beliefs require faith. And, of course, faith can be described as a belief that doesn’t always rest on logical proof or material evidence. But life without faith wouldn’t be worth living.

You see, it takes faith to see the benefit contained in any adversity. It takes faith to hold onto our beliefs when everything about us seems to be changing. It takes faith to remain steadfast to our goals while others try to tell us that what we’re after is a pipe dream.

Faith is one of the most important skills you will ever develop in life. And one of the best ways to develop more faith is to hold true to what you really believe even if you can’t prove it. Don’t be swayed from the convictions you hold that resonate deep down in your soul.

I believe that we are bigger than anything that could ever happen to us in life. I believe that there is a reason and a purpose behind all that exists even if we don’t know exactly what it is at every moment in time. And I also know that faith that is based on what you know to be true will move you beyond any challenge that will ever come your way.

So take some time to consider what it is you really do believe and if you are living by those beliefs. Remember that if what you think you believe does not affect your behavior, then it’s doubtful that you really believe it.