Hard Times and Good Times

Winners’ Wisdom: By Jim Stovall

Several years ago, I was hired to be the keynote speaker for a dinner at the United States Open Golf Tournament.  Although I was extremely well paid for my efforts, I would have gladly given a speech at the event free-of-charge simply for the opportunity to meet some of the best competitors in the world.

The week of that particular US Open Championship, there was a record-setting heat wave that greatly affected the golf course, the gallery, and the competitors.  Tiger Woods was leading the tournament after the third round and was asked how the heat was affecting his play.  He replied, “I trained to play in the heat so I actually hope it gets hotter tomorrow.”

Great competitors win during the difficult times.  Whenever we face difficult economic conditions in my industry or within my company, I always try to remember that everyone in the field is facing the same conditions.  At the end of every economic downturn, there is invariably a time of growth and prosperity.  The people and organizations that enjoy this growth and prosperity are invariably the ones that survived the hard times. 

Anyone can perform well and maintain a great attitude when they are going downhill with the wind at their back.  But only when conditions become adverse do the real champions emerge.  When we understand this principle, we no longer dread difficult conditions, but we, instead, embrace them as an opportunity to grow, develop, and outshine our competition. 

Great fortunes, innovations, and breakthroughs were forged during the most difficult historical times.  If you look back at the companies that were formed during The Great Depression or went through those difficult times during their formative years, you will find a great number of vibrant and vital companies.  Once you have gone through tough times, you no longer fear them.  You know you can make it because you made it before. 

The first time you rode a bicycle or swam the length of a pool, you accomplished something you previously had thought to be impossible.  After this milestone, riding a bicycle or swimming the length of a pool became routine. 

If we want to become better at anything, we have to push ourselves in order to extend our capacity and creativity.  This is never a comfortable prospect, but when difficult decisions arise, it gives us all the opportunity to live up to our potential. 

As you go through your day today, welcome the hard times as an opportunity to prove your greatness to yourself and the whole world.

Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082; by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor.


4 Responses to “Hard Times and Good Times”

  1. Francis .k says:

    Dear sir,
    I was highly impressed when I red your report . There are will always be hard and good time in lifetime . Because the only thing that is permanent is change

  2. Francis .k says:

    Be determined to face any challenge. You will overcome it through hardwork and endurance

  3. Egunjobi f. says:

    There is smooth road to success in life even biblically you must pass through the wilderness. Prays also helps

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