Habits of Successful People: Resilience

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Hi there, it’s nice to have you reading this post. In my last post we discussed living a life of purpose as a habit of successful people. I hope that by now you have discovered your purpose. Today, in the habits of successful people, we will be talking about resilience. Yes, successful men  make it a habit of being resilient no matter the situations that they come across in life. Before we go on, let’s find out the meaning of resilience.

What is resilience?

Resilience in a person is the ability to recover from change, misfortune or  any unexpected negative experience.

Why do you need to be resilient?

As human beings, we have desires, we make plans, we put in some effort and work, we have expectations and eventually we get results or outcomes based upon the efforts we put in. Those results are either failures or successes. Then most importantly we have  reactions to the results we get. Of the variables I have just mentioned, the ones which we have the least control over are the results, but the ones which we have the most control over are our reactions. You never know what life will throw at you, but one thing you’re sure of is what you’re going to throw back at life. You need to make a conscious decision of what you want out of life and that you’re going to do everything it takes no matter what to arrive at your desired destination. Remember, you don’t have one hundred percent control over what life will give you, but you have total control over what you want to throw back at life. There are many people who have had similar negative experiences in life, but people react differently, and it’s how you react that defines you not what you experience. Some decide to rise out of the ashes of defeat, while some prefer to stay in the mud of rejection and self-pity. It’s all up to you. All successful people have faced rejection and failure at different times of their lives, but they don’t let those experiences define them , rather it makes their resolve stronger.

Are you resilient?

Examine the past experiences you have had in life. Reflect upon the mistakes you have made and the results it got you. How do you think you have reacted to these results? Now that you’re more knowledgeable today, how do you think you would react to those results if they happened again in your life? These are the questions you need to ask yourself. You need to improve upon yourself and make a decision to never remain in the ashes. Make a decision to never blame anybody for your failures and mistakes. The only person to blame is yourself. Acknowledge your mistakes, decide how to behave better, shrug it off and move ahead without looking back. Paul the Apostle said in Philippians 3:13 of the New Living Translation Bible “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”. Look forward to the future, the past remains in the past. Don’t torment yourself with the mistakes you have made in the past. You can’t use a time machine to go back into the past and correct your mistakes. Face your reality and move ahead. Don’t allow anybody to constantly remind you of your past mistakes and tell you how things could have been. Such people aren’t your friends, true friends will encourage you to look towards the future with hope and optimism.

Are you ready to move ahead?

Today is a new day, with new opportunities and new challenges. Rise from the ashes of defeat, look forward with optimism to achieve what you desire. You have mourned enough it’s time to look ahead. Have just lost a job, have you lost some money or a business, do you have a failed relationship? All I can say is sorry and that’s the best most people can do for you, but  it’s time you move ahead. Learn from your mistakes, reboot and move on.

I hope this post has made a positive impact on your life. Please let me know how you feel about this article in the comments box below. If you like it, please share it with your friends and family.


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