Have you faced a setback or challenging adversity that drove you to hiding in bed all day?
If you’re pushing to reach new heights, you know that your setback can’t keep you prone.
Why Resilience is Important
Your resilience – your adaptation to overwhelming stress – and growth hinges on you remaining defiant and refusing to back down.
This is why resilience is important.
When you decide to be resilient, to rise, to move through your tragedies, you become stronger from your struggle and wiser from your pain.
So choose resiliency – choose to put one foot in front of the other, because anything worth having means fighting your way through hardship.
Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously.”
– Josh Waitzkin
How to be Resilient
Resilience takes practice before it becomes a habit that reaps positive rewards – less anxiety, more optimism, and overall health.
1// You can choose to move toward a positivity.
Psychologist Martin Seligman pioneered the subject of learned optimism1 – where any individual can develop and practice optimism – to lead a fulfilling, meaningful life.
This video created by FightMediocrity beautifully illustrates and summarizes the idea of learned optimism.
2// Stay positive, but plan for the worst
Catastrophic thoughts 2 left unchecked will undermine your confidence, but you can curb negativity by channeling it into planning with four questions.
- What’s the worst that could happen?
- How probable is my worst case scenario?
- What’s my best case scenario?
- What is my most likely scenario?
3// Stay healthy
Resiliency requires mental strength. But to be mentally strong requires a healthy body. So get some sleep, exercise, and eat nourishing food to guard against stress, improve your mood, focus and alertness.
Have you faced a setback and have rebounded stronger and wiser? What steps did you take? Leave a comment below.
Schinke, Ed.D., R., & Jerome, Ph.D., W. (2002). Understanding and Refining the Resilience of Elite Athletes: An Intervention Strategy. The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 4(3). Retrieved 2016, from athleticinsight.com
Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, Eric Greitens Navy SEAL