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Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also can grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity. So many inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who used adversity as a stepping stone to achieving their dreams in life.

Beethoven

Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. It may sound impossible, but he did it. In adversity, Beethoven tapped into his inner light and heard beautiful compositions, that he penned into a great masterpiece. His Symphony 5 has become treasured as a classic that has been played over and over again in most concerts across the globe.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during thirteen-year imprisonment. He had every reason to be discouraged in the face of great adversity, but Walter Raleigh motivated himself and help create a piece of history from his long years of traveling.

Christopher Columbus

If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. He faced constant threats of starvation and dehydration while on his numerous voyage. He became malnourished and developed scurvy as a result of lack of vitamin C. These difficulties never slowed him down, but rather propelled him to achieve his dream in life.

Abraham Lincoln

His story is a common tale often told to inspire those going through all sorts of adversity. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. He failed on several occasions in his personal life, business, and political career. He nonetheless overcame all these challenges to achieve success.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King overcame so much adversity in his fight for equality and justice. He was imprisoned on so many occasions. He was stabbed. His house got burnt. There were so many threatening phone calls from strangers. He stood firm and never gave in to fear. Adversity was like a stimulus to the brave Martin Luther King.

Amid great adversity, he made his famous speech: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

Mary Groda-Lewis

If there’s anyone who faced tremendous adversity in pursuit of her dream, that person should be Mary Groda-Lewis. Mary had to endure sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia. The authorities had to place her to a reformatory on two different occasions. Afflicted by a stroke while bearing a child, she refused to give up. Desperate to go back to college, she worked at a variety of odd jobs to save money and graduated with her high school equivalency at eighteen.

Mary was named Oregon’s outstanding Upward Bound student and finally entered college. Determined to become a doctor, she faced fifteen medical school rejections until Albany Medical College finally accepted her. In 1984, Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, at thirty-five, graduated with honors to fulfill her dream.




positives

There are always positives in every negative situation

When things don’t go our way, we usually don’t see the positives, but rather we lookout for reasons to complain. The irony of life is that not everything that happens to us, is meant to harm us. Some things end up making better versions of ourselves.

In life, there may be times when negativity seems to surround you, suffocating your dreams and destroying your hope. When that happens, many go through their day being saturated with negativity and accepting it as a way of life. While you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you respond to it. Seek to create a positive environment for yourself and you’ll begin to become more motivated to achieve your dreams and goals.

So often in life, we encounter things that tend to blow away the wind out of us and set us back on reaching our goals and destiny in life, but we must never dwell on the negatives from such experiences. Dwelling on the positives will always do us a world of God.

The idea is not to ever get discouraged when we falter or get stuck on the sand of adversity and trial. These things will always be there as our constant companion, but when we make up our mind to always strive forward and not backward, discouragement will take flight and our heart will surge with waves of encouragement.

There are positives we can derive from the challenges we encounter in life. One of such positives is that an individual’s true character is not revealed in comfort, but moments of extreme challenges.

Life is a journey and we as individuals are like journeymen moving to specific destinations, depending on our inclination. The pathway to our destinies in life is sometimes paved with unusual obstacles and barriers. Some see these barriers and turn their back on their goals and destinations, while others will always find an alternative route to break through the barrier.


The wonderful thing I have come to discover is the fact that often than not, we tend to shrink from the negatives and cling to the positives. Good as it may seem, we must always find a way to accept certain things that may not be good and find a way to move on in life.

One of the first steps to accomplishing great things in your life is to cease dwelling on the negative things in your past. Carefully assess your present strengths, successes, and achievements. Dwell on those positive events in your life, and quit limiting your potential by constantly thinking about what you have done poorly.


“You can never know how far you can go in life until your character is put to test!
Life is full of ups and downs, and those who can get up and move on after they have fallen are much bigger than those who laugh at your fall and point their finger at you. Regardless of what happens, we should always move on”…..Fernando Luiz Roza (Fernandinho) 

From adversity to limelight

From adversity to Limelight

There are things we go through in life that often bring out the best in us. Some may call it adversity, but I’ll simply call it Inspiration. In the game of football, injuries are bound to occur, since the game is a contact sport. 

There are levels of injuries. The usual cramps or dead leg can result from overexertion of the leg muscles. This does occur among footballers, especially if a particular player has been out of action for a very long time, or has overexerted himself. That’s why it’s common to see players develop cramps if a match extends into extra time. The leg muscles are already tired and feeling exhausted. 

It’s rare to see players who have been out of action for several weeks, come into a game from start to finish. The possibility of getting injured again or getting cramps is very high in such circumstances. 

Another common injury among footballers is a hamstring injury. This is common with players who are known for pace. Then there are the serious injuries like Achilles tendon, knee ligament, and leg fracture. 

For 18 years old Victor Chiedozie, football was what he drank each day. He was passionate about the game he had grown to love from childhood. The desire to develop his football career made him link up with a local club in the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. 

On November 25th, 2017 however, he experienced a turnaround in his life. An incident that almost ended his promising football career. In an exclusive interview with the talented footballer, he narrated how it all began.

Initially, I had cramps on my left leg due to so much training and it had not healed properly. My coach had told me to rest at home for a week after he noticed my physical condition, but in my head, I felt okay after 4 days at home. I was already missing football and I came back to train the fourth day been Saturday.

At training that fateful day, a teammate of mine gave me a crunchy tackle on the same leg where I was having cramps. There was a cracking sound and I shouted as I felt intense pain. 

The training had to be stopped and I was rushed off the field and immediately taken to a clinic. The X-ray of the affected leg showed a crack in my bone as it were. My leg was put on a cast and I was unable to do any physical activity for 6 months.

While in the clinic, friends who came to visit kept asking me if I’ll be able to play football again. My answer was in the affirmative. I had every reason to be positive. So many amazing stories of players who were laid off by their clubs, due to prolong injuries, but came back strong kept going through my mind. 

Doctors once told 34 years old Santi Cazorla that he won’t be able to play the game he loved so much after a heavy tackle in 2015 left him requiring multiple operations. At a point, his leg was almost amputated. His contract with Arsenal wasn’t renewed and he was left with no club. He still bounced back from adversity and joined La Liga side, Villarreal. His scintillating performance with the Yellow Submarine earned him a call up to the Spanish national team last year. 

Victor, true to his name bounced back from the terrible injuries that left him on crutches. Today he’s making waves with Beautiful Strikers FC in Rivers State, Nigeria. 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games so far with his new Clubside, before the forced stoppage due to COVID-19.

He has beautiful dreams, and he sees himself in Europe in the next two years. Watching him sweat it out in training, leaves no one in doubt about the amazing future that awaits the young Victor Chiedozie Ojogho. 

Indeed, adversity has toughened him and made him a better player. As they say, Some difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination. Adversity is never a barrier, but a platform to achieving greater things in life

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