This is part two of a four-part series about adversity and how we surmount difficult challenges. Last time, I described the need to develop the ability to engage in objective assessment of both ourselves and the difficult professional and personal situations that we encounter. Assessment, however, is only the first step. As a general rule, humans are social beings. While many of us crave quiet moments and “alone time,” it is not in most people’s nature to remain solitary all of the time.
Yet, when we find ourselves in those moments of fear and inaction—times when we feel like we have to start over and have no idea where to begin—too many among us withdraw. Rather than seeking help from our friends and our peers, our instincts may cause us to feel that we are completely alone.