Let’s talk resilience…the ability to overcome adversity. We all face bumps in the road; they are a part of life. And though it’s true we aren’t always in control of what happens to us, we are in control of how we think and what we do when those bumps appear.
The study of resilience has been going on for over 40 years and all of the research shows that resilient people are healthier, live longer and have better relationships. They are also less prone to depression, more able to overcome childhood difficulties and will reach out to new opportunities.
While it may seem as though some people are just born resilient, the truth is that it’s not something you ‘are or aren’t/have or don’t have’. There are many qualities that result in being a resilient person and the studies point out that the basic abilities associated with it can be learned.
So, what’s needed to approach life with a resilient outlook? Things like accurate and flexible thinking, creative problem solving, the capacity to see another person’s point of view and adjust your own, knowing what you can handle and claiming success even if you’ve struggled or failed, are all part of the equation.
And I add the findings from Brene Brown’s research on wholehearted people that, “without exception, spirituality – the belief in connection, a power greater than self and interconnections grounded in love and compassion – emerged as a vital component of resilience.”
You will always come up against pain, discomfort and hardship but without a doubt, you have what it takes to bounce back and be victorious!
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