Learn How to Respond to Adversity in 5 Powerful Steps

by Melissa Karnaze

So life happens to you

Then what?

Then it’s up to you to respond.

How destructively or constructively you do you so is up to you.

However you do so sets a chain reaction and co-creates your future experience in many complicated ways.

People spend years trying to deny this, or to somehow prove it wrong. They think that there’s a magic bullet for making things happen the way they want, or that there’s a magic bullet that will make them feel happy (just because they want to feel good).

The notion of “having control” of your life, or all of your emotions, is pure illusion.

How to take response ability today

“The Five-Step Guide to Response Ability: Transmute Adversity into Fuel for Growth, Healing, Compassion and Success” will help you ditch this illusion.

Among other things, you’ll learn:

  • Why you absolutely must recognize your vulnerability and reconcile with your limited days here on Earth, in order to make the best of them
  • How victimhood or co-creator mindset is your choice
  • How to respond to adversity by following five powerful steps
  • Why adversity is really a blessing in disguise
  • What it means to use adversity as fuel for growth
  • How you can heal by simply responding to adversity
  • How response ability cultivates your compassion
  • How response ability helps you succeed on your own terms

What you need to do next

You can access this guide as a free instant download for two weeks from today, October 28.

So if transmuting adversity into fuel is something you’re interested in, click here to start reading [the guide is no longer available for an instant download].

And feel free share your comments below.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

AA October 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Hey Melissa,

I want to say that the direction of your writing is fantastic. I don’t remember how I landed here a few weeks ago, but your writing got me thinking, which got me reading john sarno’s books, which cured me of a massively debilitating psychosomatic condition I’ve had for the past 9 years.

On the surface level now that I’m not ignoring my emotions, etc… I don’t have CFS, Fibromyalgia, IBS, etc… which is great, but much more importantly, I now actually feel my negative emotions (and oh boy are there a lot :) ), which give clarification of my values and goals and which give me a fuel I thought was reserved for the superhuman or crazy.


Melissa Karnaze October 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

Hi AA,

Thanks for sharing your story. Yes, it’s amazing how negative emotions can be used as powerful fuel for making lasting positive changes in life! I think “superhuman” is an attractive descriptor because of how much our parental and social upbringing discourages us from tapping into that power.

Cory November 9, 2011 at 9:21 am


Just wanted to tell you that you’ve been hitting grand slams over here lately. I’ve been super busy, but I finished reading “5-Step Guide” about a week ago and definitely applying it to my life. It has inspired me to create my own personal system for moving through negative emotions.

Also wanted to share with you a different way of looking at it: my friend who’s a therapist (ok, my therapist who’s my friend) told me about a retreat he went on and the way they referred to times of adversity in life were AFGO’s.

Another Fucking Growth Opportunity.

Doesn’t get more elegant than that! :D

I’m loving the pace that you’re on. Ride the wave for as long as it carries you.

Melissa Karnaze November 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

I’ve been super busy, but I finished reading “5-Step Guide” about a week ago and definitely applying it to my life. It has inspired me to create my own personal system for moving through negative emotions.

That’s wonderful to hear, Cory, thanks for sharing!

Yes, adversity most definitely is a growth opportunity!

Juana Frontera November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I am grateful for the help that you give me with your articles
I’m going through a personal crisis, and reading your blog is a source of inspiration and I’m learning to transform my negative emotions such as fear in strength to keep going!

Arda January 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I really enjoy your blog posts. They seem to give clarity to what ideas have been floating around in my head for a while about mindfulness and how your reason to be mindful completely changes the ball game. I would also really enjoy being able to read that guide that was removed.

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