resilienceAs we move forward to attain our desired outcomes we are going to come up against some obstacles. These obstacles may come from outside sources or, more frequently, they are self-induced.  The prime factor in overcoming these obstacles is resilience.

Resilience is a learned skill that supports our ability to persevere in the face of difficulties that we are bound to encounter. Most of us will experience setbacks during our lifetime. How we address those setbacks determines our capability to succeed in family, business and personal relationships. Do we let setbacks stop us in our tracks, allow anger to overwhelm us, feel anxious or defeated? Or, do we evaluate our situation and use all our resources to explore the options available to us? I suggest the latter approach is vital to our overall well-being and provides us with the fuel to move on.

Your happiness can be impacted by the degree you are resilient. Resilience helps you overcome negative thinking and refocus on positive thoughts and actions. Resilience lets you put your life in perspective. When we rise above the challenges in life, we become stronger mentally and have a more healthy view on life.

We may have to confront some our beliefs and examine our habits. Get rid of those beliefs and habits that create unwarranted self-criticisms and negative self-images. Learn how to address sorrow and worry productively. It will help overcome illness, improve relationships, and lead to greater happiness.

Are either our beliefs or habits preventing us from tenaciously addressing the issues before us? Are we getting in our own way? Are we open to others who can help us see a new and different perspective?

resilience diagram Click here to evaluate your degree of resiliency. Need to develop some resilience? I recommend  Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin E. Seligman and The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding You, by Karen Reivich, Andrew Shatte Ph.D. as starting points.

Keep on Keeping on! Don’t quit.

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