Building Resilience In Life
It doesn’t matter who you are… No one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life.
The most important thing is how you react to them. Get into the habit of embracing change and dealing with it in the right manner. This builds resilience and when the next struggle comes, you will be even more ready for it.
A Crushing Moment, But a Chance to Be Resilient
A great personal example was when in high school, I was invited to try out for the varsity football team as a sophomore wide receiver. I gave it everything I had, catching nearly every pass thrown my way. It was an exciting time for me to be the young underdog competing with juniors and seniors.
I thought for sure I’d make the team, but I was cut. The coach told me to hit the weight room and get a lot faster.
I was crushed, but I channeled the energy and trained hard during the next off-season so that when it was my chance, I could grab the opportunity and run with it. I did exactly that my junior year by playing way above what was expected of me, and giving the team a huge contribution.
Looking back I realized that I had never forgotten the feeling of waiting an entire season to play on the varsity squad. Who knows? Maybe if I didn’t get cut, I would have slacked off in my training and wouldn’t have been prepared.
Although this could also be a lesson in persistence and patience, I like to also think of this as building resilience for the next time a similar situation comes up.
We Will Always Be Tested
Time and time again we are put to the test. Whether it’s leaving your job and going into business for yourself, struggles with your spouse, or the sudden passing of a close family member… every experience before always contributes to building resilience for now and the future.
Take a look back at some of the rougher times in your life. You may surprise yourself. You are tougher than you think you are.
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