Resilience — What Does it Look Like for You?

Resilient Dog Swimming

Resilience means “Keep swimming!”

In my last post, I explored resilience and some of the personal strengths and skills that contribute to it. In each of our lives, on a daily basis, we are confronted with challenges.

And we each have, inside of us, reservoirs of energy and creativity that we can draw upon whenever we need to. All that’s necessary is to know how to find them.

So today, I want to enlarge on that previous piece and offer you some specific signposts  that will help you know where to look.

1. Resilience involves developing self-empowerment and self-confidence. It equips you to handle stress effectively. It enables you to directly confront difficult situations and to take appropriate action. You experience the assurance that accompanies positive self-control and empowerment.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
Joseph Campbell

2. Resilience is fueled by focus. This is because focus empowers you to create achievable goals, broken down into small, workable steps. Being resilient is about feeling your feet beneath you, remaining grounded in the moment, and concentrating completely on the task at hand.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you,
pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Resilience is enhanced by uncluttered space. To clear your mind, clear your space. Creating space around the edges of your life facilitates expansion, flexibility, and focused work. Uncluttered space promotes vitality, creativity, resourcefulness, and a sense of possibility.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate
the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

4. Resilience breeds success. Resilience is rooted in your willingness to assume full responsibility for living well. The self-reference that arises from this enables you to realistically assess a situation, develop an action plan, and move toward completion. It enables you to move through your day effectively and with enthusiasm.

“The moment we believe that success is determined by
an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience
and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.”
Joshua Waitzkin

5. Resilience impacts how you interact with the world. It encompasses a wide range of life skills that you can acquire and strengthen daily. With these skills, you welcome challenges and learn from your mistakes. As you realistically revise expectations about yourself and others, your relationships develop a new depth and flexibility as well.

“Someone said adversity builds character, but
someone else said adversity reveals character.
I’m pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere,
and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on,
realizing that you can make a choice to take the good.”
Brooke Shields

So how does resilience look and feel to you? How does it reverberate in your life? I invite you to take what resonates for you here and deepen with it.

And, as always, I’d love to hear what you think!

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