One of the best ways to learn, is to fail. But it’s not the failure itself that teaches you, it’s the reflections, assessment and takeaways that you gain from the process of being resilient.
The more resilient you are, the more quickly you can bounce back from roadblocks and put yourself on an even better path.
Course correct as you go
The most resilient people and businesses aren’t the most stubborn, or bullish. They are the ones that are able to see where an adjustment or pivot needs to be made and to make that change. See “failure” as a new opportunity to improve, not a judgment on your worth or abilities - like our good friend Thomas Edison.
Focus on what you can control
Sometimes we call upon resilience in instances where we’re made a mistake, but other times we need it when the world foists something upon us that’s completely out of our control *cough* Coronavirus. Either way, there are always elements of a challenge you can control. And those are the ones worth focusing on.
Assess and reframe the situation
First feel your feelings, “this sucks,” but then think about your feelings. Is there another way you can see this situation? What are the positives and where are the opportunities? It always makes a much better story when there’s some hardship, anyways.
It’s easy to take for granted your supporters when you’re focused on the downsides of your situation. Take a few minutes to think about all the people who’d offered you support: mentors, friends, families, colleagues and even strangers. Remember there are people who appreciate you and what you do. People who want to help you succeed. Pay attention to those people, and what they like. They might see potential in you that you don’t currently see. And don’t be afraid to reach out!
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers