5 Lessons For Turning Issues Into Invitations

by Jason Anthony · 12 comments

the secret to lifeHow do you view the circumstances in your life?

Each day we have we have the ability to make a choice and change it all.

We can find the books, people, resources, and inspiration that expand our minds and thoughts, or we can choose to do nothing.

We can choose to learn from the mistakes of the past, or continue to repeat them.

If you’re willing, all it takes is a little shift in mindset and you can start to transform the obstacles into opportunity.

Seeing Nothing But Issues

I will be the first one to admit that before I realized that I was the only one who could change my life, I was a pretty reactive person.

Whether it was with my personal relationships or business and professional ventures, I let the world and those around me dictate how I felt.

Bouncing around from problem, to concern, to issue after issue, and it drove me crazy trying to scramble in between.

I was a pretty distraught individual.  Stressed out.

In my work I focused on the problems at home.  At home I focused on the problems at work. Many days I’d think about them both, no matter where I was.

I lived and acted within a place of fear, worry, and doubt.

Instead of seeing the world for it’s abundance and beauty, I felt that there was not enough to go around (for anybody), and it kept me down and out for quite a while.

Seeing Nothing But Invitations

Your ability to see the world around you and how you react to it has a direct impact on the results you will gain from life.  How you carve out your future depends on a lot of details.

Of those, being able to seize opportunities when they present themselves is very important.

Winston Churchill, the famous British Prime Minister and the first person ever to be made an Honorary Citizen of The United States has intelligently quoted:

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Almost immediately after shifting your thinking and philosophy you’ll start making better decisions and taking the right kind of action.

Rather than seeing issues, you see invitations.

These invitations are chances to do more and be more where before you may have given up or (worse) not even tried at all.

By refining yourself and adjusting your current habits you can make an immediate change in your life.

5 Lessons For Turning Issues Into Invitations

Here are five key lessons and ideas that would like to share with you that have helped me gain a greater sense of opportunity in my life.

1) Discover your sense of self-worth:  Above everything else, you must have faith in for yourself.  You are unique and special.  Without the realization of your true potential and abilities change will not be possible.

2) Work on refining your personal philosophy:  Your ideas, beliefs, habits and experiences all help form your personal philosophy.  It’s up to you to choose the right mindset, read the right books, and weed out the limiting beliefs and fears which may be holding you back.

3) Experience Life:  One of the greatest miracles of life is in the ability to feel and live in the moment.  Yes, there will be challenging times and difficult decisions.  Use not only your logic and reasoning, but rely on your gut instinct, too.  Identify those feelings and the signs which tell you to act.

4)  Take the proper action when required:  Action is the process of living.  It’s a heart beat, a breath, a movement, and a step in the right direction.  Without action, nothing would be accomplished.   Having an idea and a vision is great, but it will only remain a dream without putting the proper force behind it. 

5) Embrace your results:  The biggest difference between someone who is successful and someone who is struggling is how they let their results affect them.  The same circumstances fall on us all, it’s up to you to interpret and decide what to do with the cards dealt to you.

Now I’ll pass it on to you… what are some ways that you overcome the adversity and turn your issues into invitations? Leave your tips and ideas in the comments section below.

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Ryan Hanley July 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm


I think item number one Discovering your self-worth is of the utmost importance. If you don’t have confidence in yourself… If you don’t see your own value how will anyone else?

Great stuff buddy!



Jason Anthony July 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Thanks, Ryan – recognizing our own value is crazy-important!

Hard to do if someone has suffered with self-esteem/worth issues in the past, but completely doable.


Carolyn Hughes July 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

Love all these 5 keys! For me it starts with the first key of acceptance. You need to love yourself before you can truly love anyone else.
I spent 20 years trapped by alcoholism and depression in a victim mentality and I’ve spent the past 13 years as a sober, positive thinking survivor!
Your steps show that it really is possible to turn issues into invitations!


Jason Anthony July 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing your story- you are truly and inspiration, Carolyn!


Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca July 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hehehe… what can I say.


Will people listen? Will they find this post? Can we ensure that they do?

Food for thought, but I will say… this is fantastic stuff J.

P.S. Love the clear, simplified layout!


Jason Anthony July 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thanks, J! Decided to switch it up on a whim ;)


Steve Baines July 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

I love the simplicity of this post. The ironic thing is that striking the balance in life and incorporating all five elements you wrote about is very difficult – AT FIRST. However, sustained and conscientious effort to live everyday by these things results in complete liberation and becomes your ‘new’ way of life.

It’s what we’re all about, man –
Thanks for the post,


Jason Anthony July 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Getting the ball rolling is tough, especially because for some it takes a rude awakening or something catastrophic to occur. But, like you mentioned, sustained effort certainly triumphs :)

Thanks, Steve – appreciate the support!


Tom Treanor July 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm


Awesome post. It’s very empowering. Moving from reactive to proactive is so important and your five steps are a great guide. You do a great job of making this quote actionable: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – thanks for documenting it!


Jason Anthony July 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks, Tom! Its one of my favorite quotes, simple yet extremely powerful..


Steve Baines July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thank you so much for this post Jason! It was so so great, and the best part is I was able to share it with a good friend who really needed to hear it!


Jason Anthony July 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You’re welcome, Steve – glad it was there to help when needed :)


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