Building leverage in periods of adversity is about stepping up to take action rather than reaction.
Reaction to events empowers weakness and victim mentality.
Victim like thinking hampers the ability to develop resiliency.
When there is no resiliency, the tipping point to build leverage passes. There are several areas that can aide in building the leverage needed for adversity:
1. Influence – those with positive influence, have the right balance between sensitivity and power.
2. Focus on the right things – having the right orientation toward honorable things builds internal credibility and confidence. Those that feed on negativity are always operating from the defensive.
3. Exercise persistence and personal initiative – those that exert their energy by taking ownership are in the position to gain leverage. Victim thinking begets a defensive position with adversity, where little leverage is available.
4. Center personal activity – on what the main thing is. Keeping the main thing (or most important) out front is the key to building leverage. Distracting issues, drama, and petty issues only delay and liquidate momentum and leverage.
5. Leverage occurs when we keep meeting and working through challenges. Each time adversity is met by using our talents, skills, and knowledge, we build resiliency. We meet more challenges, which gradually develops leverage.
Leverage is not a given. It cannot bestowed, and it is not easy to attain. Without a deliberate amount of fortitude, and the right approach or mindset, we may find ourselves at a disadvantage.