I’ve been talking a lot lately about persistence and why it is important to persist in going after your goals.
An important component of developing persistence is resilience.
In my last post I spoke about “Mental Strength” and what it is, and how your thoughts define your actions.
An important component of developing mental strength is resilience.
What Is Resilience?
- The Dictionary defines resilience as,
“the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”
- According to Psychology Today,
“Resilience is the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.”
Simply put, resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks and continue on with your life. It is an essential quality for anyone who wants to achieve their goals. Some people are born with more natural resilience than others, but it is something that can be learned and developed over time.
OK – so that’s a lot to think about. Why is resilience important to you, and how can you develop it in your life?
There are many reasons why resilience is so important.
- First of all, life is full of challenges. If you are not resilient, you will give up at the first sign of difficulty.
- Secondly, resilience helps you to learn from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is resilient people who are able to learn from them and move on.
- Finally, resilience gives you the strength to keep going even when things are tough.
By increasing our understanding of what makes up resilience, we can become more prepared to face whatever life throws our way.
So, how exactly can we build up resilience?
There are a number of things you can do to build resilience.
- Cultivate positive relationships with family and friends. These relationships provide social support that can help you weather life’s challenges.
- Develop a strong sense of self-awareness. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can help you identify areas that need improvement and set realistic goals. Be honest with yourself here.
- Staying physically active, getting regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet can all help boost your resilience. Feeling well in your body will help you to feel well in your mind. (And I’m preaching to myself here!)
- Practicing mindfulness can also be beneficial. Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. It can help you better handle stressful situations and to manage strong impulses and feelings.
- developing good communication and problem-solving skills (I’ll talk about this in another post soon.)
- Having empathy for others – remember, empathy is not the same as sympathy. Sympathy says “I’m sorry for you”. Empathy says” I understand”. (and NOT I know how you feel)!
In conclusion, resilience is a valuable quality that everyone should strive to develop. Life will always throw challenges your way, but it’s how you deal with them that defines you as a person.
Remember, it’s okay to stumble once in a while—the important thing is to get back up and keep moving forward.
Until we chat again, Wayne