How to Turn a Crisis Into an Opportunity

Updated on May 18, 2020
LilianeNajm profile image

Certified to teach Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates; ongoing YogaU Online Yoga & Wellness Educator professional training. I love to write.

How does one get through a crisis?
How does one get through a crisis? | Source

I listened last week to a podcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on how to turn a crisis into an opportunity. This made me think of all the unwanted events in my life and how I dealt with them.

What Is a Crisis?

A crisis takes us out of our comfort zone and causes us discomfort or suffering. This suffering could be temporary or permanent depending on how we face it and the action(s) we take to change it. Some of us cope with the new situation, others cope until they can change it, and others refuse to accept the new situation.

A crisis could result from the loss of a job and income, loss of a loved one, an experience that shakes our core values, health issues, or a disaster due to a weather-related event, to name just a few.

A smart approach would be to accept that chaos has resulted in a new state, reframe it, and resist the urge to reject the unwanted change with destructive behavior.

The way we articulate our vision of the future is important. Also important is how we reframe our perception of the crisis, as this could influence the outcome of our efforts to restore balance in our life.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

— Francis of Assisi

Can We Turn a Crisis Into an Opportunity?

To turn a crisis into an opportunity to bring a welcome change means that we view problems as challenges. For most of us, this stimulates our energy and inner power.

Growth occurs when we are pushed out of our comfort zone. We could view most of the problems as a blessing in disguise.

Unwanted changes seem to be the norm these days. It is normal to be afraid and upset when we cannot control our lives. To win over life’s events, it is smarter to accept the change and act to restore order and comfort.

Living in the present is a powerful way of dealing with change. It does not mean forgetting the past or failing to plan for the future. It simply means using our energy to deal with what is happening now.

A Past Crisis of Mine

Many years ago, I lost a well-paying job. I found employment soon after but the job turned out to be boring and paid less. I went through the stages of surprise and anger until I realized that I had more time to look after myself. I had time to read books I enjoy and write, and allowed myself to let go of old views of myself and others. It took time but I was able to turn an unwanted change into an opportunity and indulge in a new hobby. I got out of my comfort zone and pushed further the boundaries of my discomfort zone. My brain now has a new pathway on how to deal with a similar crisis should it occur in the future. This gives me confidence that I can deal better with life’s events.

How You Can Turn a Crisis Into an Opportunity

  • Keep your cool.
  • Be creative in your thinking, find new ways to look at yourself, at the situation you find yourself in, and at the world around you.
  • Take care of your health as you need your vital energy – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – to bring about the desired change.
  • Find out what rules you can break without hurting yourself or others. We all have personal rules that we abide by to reach a certain level of comfort. Look at the rules that govern your life but are no longer useful. Are you holding on to something that was useful before the crisis but no longer is? Ditch it.
  • Plan for unwanted events to avoid being caught by surprise.
  • Accept your new life. This is crucial as it will be your new starting point to bring about desirable change.
  • Be clear about what new change you want because the efforts you make after the crisis will affect how your future will be.
  • Have recourse to your network – trusted and supportive friends, colleagues, clients, partners, and others who are happy to speak for you and your know-hows.
  • Do not take it personally even though it happened to you. You must be able to step back and re-examine where you are at the moment, where you want to be, and the means to help you get there or as close as possible.
  • The will and desire to change. I know a person who prefers to wallow in her misery so much that her network of friends shrank with time as many do not have the energy to keep in contact. They fear being tainted by the numbing rehashing of the same resentments.
  • Assess your means – physical, emotional, financial, network – to reach the desired state.
  • Be creative – Think differently.
  • Develop the ability to live and prosper in times of uncertainty, and finally
  • Accept change as it is now and plan for a better future.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • LilianeNajm profile imageAUTHOR

      Liliane Najm 

      6 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      COVID-19 being the ultimate crisis now.

    • Nela13 profile image


      6 weeks ago from Portugal

      We all have moments of change in our life, we can go throughtout it with many difficulties. You have some good tips here to help us face the crisis that may occur in our lives.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      6 weeks ago

      You're welcome.

    • LilianeNajm profile imageAUTHOR

      Liliane Najm 

      6 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      I agree that we all need help to get through any kind of crisis.

    • Lisha C profile image

      Lisha C 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks for sharing this article, you have some good points. Everyone has to deal with some crisis or the other eventually and we all need help to get through it.

    • LilianeNajm profile imageAUTHOR

      Liliane Najm 

      6 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you Robert for your comment. I agree that it's good to keep a wise perspective on recent events.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      6 weeks ago

      Good advice. Thank you for posting. There is such a thing as having a bias for giving too much weight to recent events. Accepting a bad situation as the "new normal" could turn a temporary reversal into a long term loss.

    • LilianeNajm profile imageAUTHOR

      Liliane Najm 

      2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you Ana.

    • Ana Yong profile image

      Ana Yong 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      I like what you said about "What is required to turn a crisis into an opportunity?" Easy to read. Thanks.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)