Okay, I have a question for you. When faced with challenges or difficulties, is it easy for you to bounce back?
Or is recovery from failure something that makes you stressed out or a problem you find hard to overcome?
You see, no matter what life throws your way, it’s important to remember that challenges are bound to occur throughout your lifetime. And one of the most powerful ways to move past any difficulty and to achieve success going forward is to harness resiliency.
So first, let’s look at the resilience meaning:
- The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
- An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
So when you are resilient, that means you can quickly and easily bounce back from the things in life that can leave some feeling stuck or even ready to give up – things like problems with finances, medical emergencies, relationship issues like a breakup or divorce, issues at work, illness, the loss of a loved one, and so on. With resiliency, you harness the personal power to use those missteps or setbacks as fuel to keep moving forward.
But why is resilience important?
Resilience is a secret weapon the best of the best use to tackle problems and setbacks head-on! It provides you with a healthy way to manage stress, acknowledge problems, and source solutions that keep you moving in the right direction.
My recent podcast guest, Goddess Bravo, is a disabled army veteran, a cancer survivor who battled homelessness and depression and lost everything she owned in Hurricane Katrina, and her miraculous story of overcoming challenges will leave you wondering how she could keep moving forward.
BUT! Because of resilience, and now through her motivational speaking, she's able to use the incredible challenges she faced as a way to help others. She travels the world speaking about Leadership, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Intersectionality, Inclusion, spirituality, and other inspiring topics catered to her client’s needs.
And she's now an Oprah Winfrey Standing Ovation Recipient, CNN Hero, People Magazine Hero Among Us, YWCA Woman of Distinction, and US Army Chief of Staff Outstanding Civilian Service Awardee. And although her story is unique, there’s something to be said about what we are capable of overcoming, no matter what!
So, how do you build resilience?
Well, one thing is for certain, no one knows what the future holds, so building resilience is something that should be practiced every day. Here are a few things you can do:
What many fail to realize is that change is inevitable. So the sooner you learn to embrace it, the easier it will be to bounce back from accepting what you simply cannot control. Embracing change can help you avoid lingering too long in your comfort zone or staying in an unhealthy situation or relationship.
So instead of fighting change, or even ignoring it, learning to embrace uncertainty and change in life can help you work through the challenges you may be presented with at any given moment. While it may feel safer to always do what’s familiar, getting uncomfortable is actually how you’re able to grow!
Adopt a positive attitude
Positivity allows you to operate at a higher frequency and in turn, allows the Universe to see you as the kind of person who wants more positive things to enter their life.
So part of building resilience requires you to embrace a positive way of thinking. So when you are faced with failure or setbacks, instead of defaulting to complaining, blaming others, or having similar negative emotions, look for those positive beliefs or the silver lining to move through those tough or uncertain times.
Get familiar with failure
When you don’t have a strong grasp on resilience, failure can feel like you’ve got a giant F stamped on your forehead. But turning that failure into success is how you pave your path to continued success.
You see, failure is a sign of action, as you are creating stepping stones toward that ultimate win. So if you aren’t failing, that means you aren’t trying. And when you don’t try, there’s no way to win. Part of surrendering to resilience is embracing failures and missteps and using them as a way to do things differently for a better outcome.
Don’t forget: you are the author of your story
When you are learning to build resilience and focused on making progress, the story that you tell is of utmost importance. When life doesn’t go your way, you may want to blame outside circumstances or even others as the reason for why this is happening to you, almost like the ‘why me’ syndrome of feeling like the world is ending because you are faced with a problem that seems beyond your control.
But what’s important to remember is that YOU hold the power over how the story goes. You are the author! So instead of seeing adversity as something impossible to overcome, reposition your story to first acknowledge adversity and then shift your focus to finding new and smaller solutions to the larger problem. Baby steps are still important steps forward, as you position yourself closer to the finish line.
So! Are you ready to make resilience a part of your everyday life? Well, if you are, then you have already taken the first step towards transforming your life for future success!
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Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.