[Final post of 4-part series] What’s Your Adversity Quotient?


Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.- Thomas C. Monson



Although most of us are teaching our participants and clients significant ways to buck systems, forego the status quo, embrace the unconventional, and to go extreme by choosing adversity as an advantage, when life actually throws us a curve ball, we tend to want to hide as training professionals. Often our ego is so bruised or we experience so much confusion, that hiding under the covers seems so much more comfortable than heading back out into the ever-chaotic world of busyness, traffic, competition and work.


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Adversity is the number one thing we experience on a daily basis and either we ride the wave of adversity and embrace it or we allow it to take us over. No matter which route you take, you are the one who decides. 


Five weeks ago, I started this 4-part series on how to stay afloat during a crisis, especially one you and your company may have not foreseen. We’ve discussed ways to keep your training department and training company alive and at the top of its game when unexpected circumstances can potentially rock your success. If you haven’t had the chance to read the 3rd post in this series, you can so so here: http://www.extremedreamtraining.com/resource-for-training-professionals-3-reasons-your-back-office-may-be-costing-you-money/


Congratulations! You’ve made it to the 4th post of this series where I promised how “Going Extreme” can help you beat out the competition and help you leave your lasting legacy and footprint, all while impressing your clients and establishing long-term alliances with them which yield recommendations, referrals and happiness from everybody involved.


In the first post of this series, I mentioned that when a crisis occurred between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait involving a shared oil field, many training departments and training companies were actually dramatically impacted. Many of these companies went out of business and training participants were no longer served. One of the things I noticed was that the training companies who panicked and went into desperation-mode had to close shop and they lost lots of money. But, those training companies and trainers who took the adversity on head-first, are still around today—and are thriving.


So, what did they do differently than the panic-stricken training professionals?


They walked their talk. They did the counter-intuitive thing. They went extreme.


Instead, they did what they would not normally do: They welcomed the adversity. And, if that isn’t agility, I don’t know what is.


One thing we all know from the famous Law of Attraction is that what you resist persists. So, while most training professionals strongly tried to push-back and resist the adversity, those training professionals who are still around today “leaned-into” it instead.


Thriving companies and professionals ask questions like:


  • What is this adversity teaching me?
  • How is it helping us grow?
  • In what ways is this adversity helping us to identify potential future problems and how can we combat them?
  • How is this adversity our “master teacher?”
  • What CAN we do with this adversity? What would we like to ideally do with it?
  • How is the adversity revealing our mistakes? And, how can this adversity help us see the solutions?


Reading these questions is simple. In fact, it may even feel like, “Big deal, so what? Who cares if thriving companies ask these questions?” And, you’re right. It’s not just about asking these questions but it’s about truly evaluating them, and then acting upon them in the most constructive way possible.


And, that’s what successful training professionals do. They don’t get their panties all in a bunch, as we say back home; no, they face the adversity in the most extreme ways possible.


About 7 years ago, I came across a fabulous book called, The Adversity Advantage, by Erik Weihenmayer, who is the only blind man to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits. He wrote this book cataloging his endeavors and how he personally overcame adversity to achieve his lifelong dream.


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Below, are his 7 steps, (summits) to overcoming adversity. As individuals, surely we can apply these summits on a daily basis and as training departments, staff, and companies, we can use these 7 Summits as an ongoing plan to manage adversity with clients and staff.  These 7 Summits can be your Go Extreme strategy in good times and bad.



Erik Weihenmayer’s Adversity Advantage and 7 Summits


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Summit 1: Take it On! – Define your adversities and face them head on.

Summit 2: Summon Your Strengths – Determine what you want to do and what strengths you will need to develop to do it.

Summit 3: Engage Your CORE – Use your CORE to handle adversity more effectively.

Summit 4: Pioneer Possibilities – Develop systems to meet challenges and goals.

Summit 5: Pack Light, Pack Right – Avoid the people, things, and circumstances that are not uplifting and strengthening.

Summit 6: Suffer Well – Elevate yourself or others through hardships.

Summit 7: Deliver Greatness, Every Day – Integrate the previous summits and harness adversity daily.




It’s been a joy writing this series for you. It would be wonderful to hear back from you in the comments section of this post. Any feedback, insight or noticings you’ve had during this series will help us all to learn, grow, and develop.  In the meantime, hope this finds you well and I look forward to connecting with you soon. Thanks for being part of this fun training journey and have a wonderful remainder of your 2018.


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About Laurie Santos

Owner and Founder of Extreme Dream Training. Certified Life Coach, Master Reiki Healer, Certified Law of Attraction Expert, Certified EFQM Assessor. Surfer, expat, lover of animals, poetry and silence.

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