Resilience

words by: Kevin Bille

 

Hey what’s the good word!

Resilience. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that word? To me, it’s everything. It’s the overriding philosophy that keeps me going, day by day.

It’s not a matter of whether or not you will fail—it’s a matter of how often. It’s not a matter of whether or not you will deal with adversity—it’s a matter of how much. It’s not a matter of whether or not you will be humbled—it’s a matter of how consistently.

Having the ability to be resilient comes down to a few things. First, it’s a mindset; it’s something you attach yourself to because you know that adversity will occur in your lifetime. Accept the reality of it. Two, it’s your response to the situation itself. You can control your response, and resiliency is what gives you the freedom to do so. Third, see failure and adversity as a form of helpful feedback, a way to get better and grow.

Getting through pain and disappointment without letting them become overwhelming isn’t necessarily easy for anyone. But there are strategies for becoming more resilient. One suggestion is developing better and healthier habits. Getting enough sleep, eating well, having a quiet time, and exercising can reduce stress, which may, in turn, boost resilience. Similarly, being sure to nurture close relationships can help you find support when trouble arises.

When you get knocked down, are you willing to get up? It starts there. Once you have discovered the ability to do that, take it one step further. Are you willing to learn, to grow, to get better because of whatever knocked you down in the first place? If so, that’s fully investing in the process of becoming the best version of yourself. We may never arrive at that destination, but it doesn’t mean we don’t strive for that during our lifetime.

Anyone can get lucky; not everyone is resilient and can persevere. It’s impressive if you can push through difficulties, keep going when others quit, and make it to your destination through honesty and hard work. That’s admirable because your survival was the result of being resilient. It’s even more impressive when you overcome not just the outside obstacles but learned from that situation along the way and grew to a better version of yourself.

Get knocked down. Learn. Get up. Repeat. It’s a never-ending process, sometimes grueling, sometimes rewarding, but never-ending, nonetheless.

So, ask yourself, are you willing to accept and embrace that process, or are you unwilling to do so? The good thing is, it’s your choice.

Now that’s GOOD STUFF!

Reach out to Kevin Bille anytime with your thoughts by emailing him at: kevin@plainvalues.com

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