Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right (Albert Einstein). Resilience is the ability to get up after being knocked down. It’s what you think of when you hear the words, grit and perseverance. Resilience is not about short-term success but about your ability to go the distance. It’s a mindset. Why is it important to become resilient? Your career depends on it. Your family depends on it. Your identity and future depend on it.

Luckily, resilience isn’t something you’re either born with or not born with. Whether personality stems from nature or nurture is still up for debate, but resilience isn’t a personality trait that’s static or set in stone. Those that have experienced significant difficulties in life may become more resilient than others because they’ve been given opportunities to flex their grit muscles. When we’re faced with the desperation of difficult situation, we’re more likely to go the extra mile because there simply is no other option. However, just because you’ve never experienced significant trauma doesn’t mean you can’t create the structure and discipline for yourself to develop resilience.

How can you develop resilience?  – through setting your own structures for developing the right mindset.

  1. Recall a time you bounced back from adversity.
    Figure out what helped you bounce back in the past. What made you keep going even though you wanted to give up? Identify those factors. Make sure those factors are present in the areas of life you want to develop resilience today.
  2. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
    If you want to develop resilience, you have to make yourself uncomfortable. Face your fears. Diamonds are cherished stones made possible only by intense pressure. If you want to shine, you must know how to withstand the pressure. Use the identified factors from the first step to keep you going.
  3. Understand why it’s unconditionally critical for you to show up.
    In order for you to have a strong enough purpose to continue despite the struggle, you have to understand what’s at stake. If you don’t continue now, what will you lose? What’s more important for you – in the long run? Do not give into a short-sighted way of thinking.

How can you make perseverance a part of your vocabulary?

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