Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems. Gever Tulley
A new month starts tomorrow and I’m ready for it. This year April ends with the promise of freedom coming and challenges to face that will require persistence and resilience.
Last night my husband and I went for a lovely walk and a fine mist was falling on our way home. This is likely to be a weird but welcome summer. Will soccer fields stay empty this year?
What a shame for people if this was their year to shine at the Olympics or on a sports team. One of the things we need to be is resilient. Many people over the years have had dreams dashed because of things happening in the world.
Don’t we always have something to deal with in our lives? Why are some people resilient and others not so? Is it something we are born with or do we develop it?
Resilience is the capacity to cope with stress and adversity. It comes from believing in our self and at the same time, in something bigger than ourselves. Is resilience a trait we are born with or is it something we develop through behaviors, thoughts, and actions? Can it be learned and developed by anyone?
It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Ten ways to develop resilience:
We can’t fix the problem with the same thinking that created it. We need to be honest and figure out why something happened and take the time to come up with a better plan going forward.
We need to master our emotions instead of letting them control us. Resilient people have a positive outlook. They remind themselves they’ve faced setbacks before, they can do it now, and they will do it again.
Resilient people are tough. They know tough times don’t last but tough people do.
Resilient people keep moving forward. Life doesn’t get easier they get stronger, braver, and more courageous. Life is not what happens to them but what happens within them.
Resilient people are prepared. They work on solving problems instead of being paralyzed by negativity. They keep planning for the future even when they have to revise their plans.
Resilient people fail bigger and fail better, they get themselves up and dust themselves off after every failure and move forward.
Resilient people celebrate small wins. They believe in themselves, work hard, take joy in small things, and enjoy life with gratitude for what they have.
Resilient people find ways to care for others because sometimes caring for others is the best way to care for themselves.
Resilient people maintain strong and supportive relationships. They have strong relationships in the good and the bad times because they can be counted on and they also count on other people.
Resilient people search for meaning in their lives. They find passion and purpose in their lives. They see how their life impacts others, and how their life is impacted. They take a broader view and have a larger perspective.
We need to build resilience in our lives because disappointment, failure, and even success can impact our lives in ways we didn’t imagine. We need to rise to face what is ours to face. We’ve got one life and we need to make it count not just for ourselves but for all those around us we impact.
Can we develop persistence and resilience?
A good half of the art of living is resilience. Alain de Botton
It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks. Bob Richards
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
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