Resilience has been described as the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Times are not easy now. How do we develop greater resilience to withstand the challenges that keep being thrown at us? For the full article and interview, visit Authority Magazine
Resilience is opportunity. Seriously! We have these things that are placed in front of us as challenges and opportunities for us to learn about ourself. We get a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are going. So, when we are faced with a challenge, we can run away and search for an easy way around it. That’s the easy way and doesn’t help us grow at all. What’s easy doesn’t grow us. Say that to yourself as many times as you need to.
And, the funny part about circumventing the struggles, is that they always come back around, sometimes tenfold. The bill always comes due; so you can pay it when it comes or pay interest, ya know? All we end up doing by avoiding the struggle is exhausting ourself; the short cut we take brings us right back to the thing the universe wants us to learn.
Rather than avoid, you can face the hard stuff with a few tips and tools. Here's what you can do to build more resilience and get up stronger, no matter what life throws at you.
#1: slow down
That’s important. Being able to truly pause for a minute and get clarity about your life and what is happening has to be the first step. Otherwise, how can you even put things into perspective when you are constantly on the go, chasing, hurting, distracting and whatever else?
#2: start identifying what is most uncomfortable
Those are the places where you grow. What is happening in your body? Why are you triggered and what is this bringing up? What is this calling you to dive deeper in to?
#3: decide how you connect this lesson back to your values and your vision
What is this teaching you? What do you now need to learn and understand about you, how you move and where you are going?
#4: Trust yourself!
You know what you need and what you don’t. The more you slow down to meet the discomfort and hang out there for a bit, the strong the connection will be to yourself.
#5: move forward
That simple. Move forward in a way that honors where you are going next. Doing this from a a place of clarity and learning is true wisdom and resiliency! That's our entire philosophy: just keep moving!
When we meet the struggle, we get to go THROUGH the experience Game of Thrones style! That’s where we grow and learn and get the lesson to put in our toolbox that makes us resilient. We have been through it, we have learned and we can take on the next challenge. That wasn’t the thing that broke us ya know? It sucks but we made it and we can keep going. We repeat this process each and every time.
SO, friends: KEEP GOING. You totally got this!