Have you ever asked yourself what does it mean to be resilient? When you are resilient, you are able to bounce back from frustrations and setbacks by adapting and moving forward.
This may come naturally to some people; but for most of us, resilience is a learned skill, which we develop through practice. While we may not wish for obstacles to come our way, each one is a new opportunity to approach challenges with resourcefulness and a positive mindset.
Tips to practice resilience:
Anticipate Challenges: Focus your mind on the positive ways you can meet challenges rather than focusing on perceived negative outcomes. This provides a feeling of having control of the situation and reduces your overwhelm.
Overcome Fear: Most of us feel fear when faced with a challenge. The simplest way to face that fear head-on is to start with a “baby step” that will lead you into the direction you would like to go. Ask yourself. “What is the smallest thing I can do right now to get going?” Once you have thought of something, do it! Keep going, one step at a time.
Encourage Yourself: Remind yourself that you have been through difficult times before and you WILL get through this difficult time and grow in strength as a result. Focus your mind on the solution. Speak to yourself “I can handle this and I will handle this”
Seek out Solutions: Trying to take on everything yourself can lead to becoming overwhelmed and frustrated. Seeking out the advice of an expert may be the most direct route to success.
Best of luck! Make 2017 your best year yet!