Resilience is taking a step forward and never giving up despite challenging situations. Ultimately, it comes from believing in yourself and in something bigger than yourself. Resilience is not a trait that we’re born with—it’s developed and learned over time, usually in the most uncomfortable and challenging situations.
Whether you’re battling a challenging situation now or you’d like to prepare for the next one, here are five ways you can boost your resilience to get through tough times.
Manage Your Emotions
The most resilient people always try to maintain a positive outlook, even in the toughest of situations. You, too, can build this strength. So next time you’re faced with adversity, remind yourself that what you’re facing is only temporary. Tell yourself that you’ve overcome challenges before and can do it again. Finally, stay focused on what you can learn from this situation.
Focus on What You Can Control
When faced with a challenging situation, focus on improving the situation instead of dwelling on the negatives. Try to find one thing that you have control over and fearlessly take action on it.
Celebrate the Small Wins
Take joy in the small wins that give you strength. By celebrating each small win, you’ll get the motivation to keep going. In addition, each small win is a reminder that you’re making progress and helps to build your confidence.
I often find that the thing we fear the most isn’t as scary when we decide to face it. It takes a slight shift in your mindset to have an adaptive attitude. So always focus on the possibilities even in the toughest of times.
The best way to build your resilience is to view setbacks and failure as feedback. Then, take what you can learn from the situation. And sometimes, the best thing you can do is to never, ever quit. Instead, adapt and make changes when necessary but don’t give up.
Define Your Meaning and Purpose
You are the hero of your own story. Develop a “personal why” that gives you a clear sense of meaning and purpose. Doing so will help you view setbacks from a holistic perspective when you encounter setbacks or failure.
How do you build your resiliency through times? What is your favorite tip from this guide? I’d love to know. Please tell me in the comments below.