Resilience refers to the capability to bounce back and recover in the face of challenges or setbacks. Resilience is something that can be strengthened after tough situations, but focusing on building it proactively will help to prepare you to face the future with courage. People who are equipped with resilience strength are able to embrace change effectively.
Choose A Positive Perspective
It doesn’t take much creativity to blame others or complain. In fact, our brains are wired to look for the negative. While this capability is designed to further enable our survival, it doesn’t contribute much toward our daily pursuit of happiness. Choosing to take a positive perspective is a proactive and deliberate action that you can take to increase your resilience. This type of mindset helps you focus on what is going right, what is within your control, and what you can have hope in.
Because our mind tends to naturally gravitate towards the negative, you may need to create deliberate habits to practice this skill. One example is to have a deliberate thought, statement or prayer to help you start off each day on the right foot.
Some people think that practicing gratitude is a “Pollyanna” approach for dealing with issues and involves forgetting your problems and discounting reality. In contrast, it helps you view your challenges through a broader lens of what is going well in life too. This broader perspective helps you to see a bigger picture of your current situation than does only focusing on what needs to change.
The time to train is not the day of the marathon. You never see firefighters trying to figure out the truck when smoke is around, nor do you see members of the military learning formation in the heat of a battle. Execution takes practice. The more that you practice approaches that you want to bring to your mental, physical and emotional toolkit, the more likely that you will have these ready as difficult situations arise.
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