By Karen Gregory, HRSS President
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas Edison
Think about this. What if Thomas Edison had given up after his first few failures? What would we have missed out on today? Well, the light bulb, the phonograph, the telegraph and motion picture, to name just a few
His story of perseverance and courage to keep moving forward even in the face of adversity is inspiring. It forces me to look at my own life and ask, “How resilient am I? Would I have the strength to bounce back and keep trying after a few failed attempts?” I’m not sure I like my answer.
When times are tough, do you have the resilience that you need to overcome challenges? Or do you let failures conquer your dreams? Or do you get up off the ground, dust yourself off, and try, try again?
Resilience is about the ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t work out the way you want them to. And it’s resilience that enables people with the strength and fortitude to overcome adversity and to keep on moving forward toward their dreams and goals.
Interested in learning how to build up your resiliency factor? Here are a few ways to further develop your resilience so one day you can conquer the world before you!
1) Get enough sleep and exercise. These two ingredients will equip you to handle stress much better.
2) Practice positive thinking. Don’t let negative thoughts take you down the wrong path or derail you from the one your currently traveling.
3) Learn from your mistakes and failures. Don’t let them defeat you…otherwise you really do lose!
4) Maintain perspective. Don’t allow yourself to blow things out of proportion. Stay calm.
5) Build strong relationships. These people are key to supporting you when times get tough.
6) Be flexible. No plan ever survives first attack. Things will change. It’s not the end of the world.
7) Choose to respond positively when things don’t go as planned. Choose to remain calm and logical to find a solution. You own your response…so make it a positive one.
As we jam too many activities into our day and try to accomplish more and more in a short 24-hr period, it’s inevitable to get consumed by the daily grind. When that happens, ask yourself how resilient are you going to be when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you?
You have a choice. Prepare today.
Do you have a strategy you’d like to add to the list? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you!