March 16, 2018

Old-School Resilience

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. H.D. Thoreau.


Resilience isn’t just one thing or another. It’s about the sum of a number of skills and coping mechanisms that see you through difficult times, including:

Perseverance. Like the old Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times, get up eight.It’s about not quitting when things get tough.

Optimism. Knowing things will work out  even when the storm clouds are roiling around you.

Gratitude. Being grateful for what you have and appreciating the people in your life who have your back and lend support.

Confidence. Knowing you can handle the hard times even when you are in the middle of them. Self-assurance in your abilities to cope means that ultimately you will cope.

Flexibility. Being able to stand back and look at the situation from a different viewpoint and to bend without breaking.

The components of resilience, bundled together are the difference between coping and getting stuck. Put another way, old-school resilience may be best described as having the ability to deal with and bounce back from hard times.

And along the way, learn some more hard lessons from the experience and become stronger in the process.

Now that you’re here! If you have been consciously sorting out some stuff in your life and want to improve your performance, you won’t want to miss my seminar, March 27. Read Step Into Life. I hope to see you there.


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