When Life Gives You Lemons: What Do You Make?

The expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is used to encourage us when we’re facing adversity in our lives. When you face said adversity in a way you can feel satisfied with, you’re making life a little sweeter. Lemons suggest bitterness (an obstacle or hardship you are facing), while lemonade is sweet and pleasant. Staying positive and figuring out how to solve problems is much more advantageous than allowing yourself to go sour. We all have faced some type of adversity in our lives whether we like it or not. Those lemons (obstacles) in our life can cause us to be overwhelm and confused. But having obstacles are not the end verdict. It is what you do with said lemons that make the difference.

 Dealing with Adversity

When you hear the word adversity, what comes to mind? Whenever you feel yourself getting into adverse situations having a positive reaction can be helpful response. Take the time out to think about your response before you make a hasty decision. First off start by changing your mindset towards the word adversity and how you define this for your life.  If you think of adversity as bad luck or in a negative connotation or simply misfortune. When this these thought start to enter your mind take a moment to take a deep breath, reflect on the situation and maybe even take a calm walk around. Then come back to the adverse situation and rather than feeling down and stuck because of this hardship see it in a positive outlook. Although this better said than done this is a learned practiced which can be learned and implemented into anyone’s life. Overcoming adversity means picking up what is left with yourself, getting it all together again, and readjusting for the next chapter of your life.

Overcoming Obstacles

One of the first steps to overcoming obstacles is— understanding it won’t last forever obtaining this mindset is key.  Keeping a positive perceptive and staying focus on the “bigger picture”.  Looking forward to your future endeavors, goals and the people you want in your life. Overcoming adversity must simply be done not to take you down, but to reveal the greatness that’s already inside you. Many people have dreams for their life, but don’t want to go through all the obstacles to achieve said dream or goal. Even the most driven, dedicated and educated people have trouble taking the necessary action that is requires to withstand fear, humiliation, and discomfort. We’re conditioned from childhood to avoid unpleasant feelings. Nothing stirs those feelings more than taking risks, overcoming adverse situations and achieving a dream. It’s no wonder change can feel so challenging. You may need to ask yourself: What’s really hold holding me back?


What Are You Going To Do With The Lemons In Your Life?

As you can see, there are many obstacles a person faces throughout life. It takes self-reflection to determine if they are really going to make lemonade out of their lemons, once you identify your obstacles (lemons), you can then take the necessary steps to overcome them. Remember, your obstacles are not your limitations in life you can achieve your goals and dreams if you truly believe in them. Which of these obstacles have you dealt with in pursuing your dreams?  Let me know in the comment section & if you liked this post please share!

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About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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85 Responses to When Life Gives You Lemons: What Do You Make?

  1. Thanks for the reminder that we all face stumbling blocks. I’ve had to dust myself off and start again several times.

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  2. Great post! When troubles come I like to think of how I can glorify God in the situation and also be joyful. We are called to be joyful at all times and I know that hard times will eventually come because that is how life works.
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

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  3. CJ | Thirty30Courtney.com says:

    I’m very grateful that I have a resilient personality. Even when I face adversity, I can shake back pretty quickly.

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  4. Jennifer says:

    I agree with Ivelisse’s comment. When I experience any adversity or obstacles, I try my best to turn to God. I like to prayerfully consider decisions I make, especially the most challenging ones. I agree with you that obstacles do not last forever. I actually believe you can turn an obstacle to work toward your advantage by learning from it. I think it will also make you stronger and help you with future decisions or obstacles you may face.

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  5. Mimi Green says:

    I’ve had my fair share of lemons and several reminders of what it taste like. I try to do better with rolling with the punches. Some days are better than others.

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  6. Jay, I love your inspirational posts and I think it’s great that they receive so much positive engagement! If you haven’t already written about these topics, I’d be really interested to hear about how you got your start in blogging, as well as how you promote your posts and engage so well with the community!

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  7. Reena Saxena says:

    Some make a pickle, and the resentment lasts for a lifetime.

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  8. So glad i read this. I felt better.😊

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