When Facing Adversity

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The When Facing Adversity IQ Matrix explores the steps we need to take to successfully overcome the problems and setbacks that life often throws our way. This map is loosely based on the bestselling book The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. It’s designed to shift your perspective of how you think about life’s toughest challenges. In many instances, it’s not so much about adversity, but rather about the story we tell ourselves about these challenges. Ultimately, it’s about how we respond to adversity that determines our fate.

Who is this map for?

  • Anyone currently going through significant hardships and struggles.
  • Anyone who would like to understand how to handle adversity far more effectively.
  • Anyone who doesn’t deal well with setbacks and unexpected problems.

“Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records.”  William Arthur Ward


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The When Facing Adversity IQ Matrix explores the steps we need to take to successfully overcome the problems and setbacks that life often throws our way. This map is loosely based on the bestselling book The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. It’s designed to shift your perspective of how you think about life’s toughest challenges. In many instances, it’s not so much about adversity, but rather about the story we tell ourselves about these challenges. Ultimately, it’s about how we respond to adversity that determines our fate.

This mind map explores how to approach the inevitable and unexpected problems that life often throws our way. This requires shifting our perspective on how we think about adversity. Moreover, it’s about identifying key opportunities that can help us make the most of our difficulties. The map then walks you through how to solve your life’s problems in a structured and methodical way. Working through this map will put adversity in a more positive light. No longer will setbacks and problems phase you. You will rather meet these challenges with a renewed sense of confidence and energy.

Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the When Facing Adversity mind map.

  • Acknowledge, Understand and Recognize: When it comes to meeting adversity head-on it’s important to acknowledge, understand, and recognize several key aspects of adversity that will help shift how you think about your circumstances. The first three branches of this map, challenge you in several ways. First, to step back emotionally from your situation. Next, to recognize what matters most. Then to acknowledge your role in the situation. You then need to shift your perspective about your circumstances. Afterward, it’s important to quit complaining and take the time to see the situation for what it is. And finally, to identify opportunities and possible breakthroughs that this situation might bring. Reading through these first three branches will help you shift how you approach the inevitable and unexpected problems that life will often throw your way.
  • Take Action: The moment you view the situation in a more positive light, is the moment you can move forward and work your way through these challenges successfully. Within the fourth and final branch of this map, you will discover the importance of taking small steps as you work your way through your problem. Furthermore, it’s about futureproofing what could potentially go wrong down the line.

This map provides a roadmap and framework for working your way through problems, setbacks, and adversity. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.

A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.

Stick with these principles, memorize and incorporate them into your life, and you will progressively begin interpreting adversity in an empowering new way. No longer will setbacks and problems phase you. You will, instead, meet these challenges head-on with a renewed sense of confidence and energy. It’s after all, not about what happens to us that matters, but rather how we interpret what happens that makes all the difference.


When you purchase the When Facing Adversity IQ Matrix you will receive:

  • A PDF copy of the IQ Matrix, which you can use for printing in high resolution.
  • A JPG image file of the IQ Matrix, which is ideal for viewing on tablets and mobile devices.
  • A Desktop Background version of the map you can use for reference on your computer.
  • A MindManager file for those who wish to edit the content of the IQ Matrix.
  • A printable PDF summary of this IQ Matrix to help you better understand each concept.
  • A bonus IQ Doodle that summarizes key ideas presented within this IQ Matrix. To purchase the full IQ Doodle pack bundle, please visit the IQ Doodle Store.

Additional visual resources and variations of this IQ Matrix might be added to your account page at no extra cost in the future.

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