“The strongest oak of the forest is not one
that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun.
It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled
to struggle for its existence against the winds, and rains
and the scorching sun.”
– Napoleon Hill .
Life is fill with difficulties and challenges. But what determines who will survive and thrive is our resilience. Indeed, it is just impossible for all of us to get through life without being knocked down or have dirt heaped on us. Failure is given.
And to behave in a way to face a challenge and adversity is frankly, quite another thing. Resilience is one of those intangible soft skill that is quite a hard skill to develop and sustain.
Resilience is usually associated with our ability to bounce back after being knocked down. By responding positively and proactively to any adversity. And resilient people are those who turn their adversities into opportunities and re-frame difficulties as challenges to overcome.
This human capacity – the ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is one of the most important factors for success in our professional and personal life.
There are people who face constant challenge and adversity and yet meet every situation head on with a proactive determination that sees them move through to new answers and solutions, new ways of being and doing.
And there are others going through the same situation and eventually become overwhelmed, stressed and even clinically depressed sometimes. Be mindful, we are living in a chaotic world today. We have an awful lot in our mind; uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, paradox and unpredictability.
Stay optimistic and expect positive outcomes. You see, resilient thinking is about living in the present and not ignoring the realities. And people are what they think. People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh or wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in.
Rather they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters. They will not allow any life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under. They believe resilience does not begin with strategies – it begins with them. Stay resilient.