Resilience is the inner strength and the ability to cope with stressful situations that life throws at us. Building inner strength requires actions or thoughts that you practice, such as planning for what to do next and learning to accept change. Inner strength can help you endure challenges. Now the most important question to ask would be how does one endure the process of becoming resilient? We can’t plan for every challenge. There are all different kinds of valleys in life and knowing an individual’s experience in a valley is not possible. Even if you may have had a similar valley or experience you cannot feel their impact. It would also be difficult to say what you should be equipped to withstand. So, the process of developing resilient looks different for all but there are some tools, or disciplines that we all can use.
I’d like to offer a few tools that have helped me along the way in my journey of becoming more resilient:
- Prayer/Faith- Prayer helps you to get still and quiet anxieties. Acknowledging someone much greater than ourselves and our circumstance is liberating. It helps us to remove ourselves from a position of helplessness, and hopelessness, and exalt One who is greater.
- Perseverance- Be determined to see a positive outcome or a better day. Even if you have moments of deep despair you can decide at any point to be courageous and embrace hope again.
- Love- more specifically self-love. Self-love is a challenge for some, but not for all. If self-love is not a struggle practice and perfect it especially in times of emotional challenge. It affirms your value. Now, you may feel unloved and quite honestly, I’ve been there. It does not matter how many times you hear I love you, if you don’t love yourself, it is difficult to receive. Self-love will help you persevere as you never let go of seeing yourself as deserving of a new and better day.
- Get to know your strengths and weaknesses and purpose to strengthen your weak places.
You’re going to have moments of disappointment and dejection where you don’t utilize the tools, plan of defense, or disciplines to help you stay resilience. This tends to happen when you’ve been confronted with the unexpected; it’s been a long opposing challenge or a series of traumatic events that you’ve not had the opportunity to rest and recover. It is in those times you may want to surround yourself with individuals who are resilient, encouraging, and hopeful. In moments I’ve experience defeat this has been a source of recharge. It is my hope that you never let go of hope.
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