I know what you're thinking. Yeah, right. Who, after all, is grateful for challenges and welcomes adversity?
Some people are luckier than others, that's a fact. But at one point or another, most of us will be felled by a challenge so crippling it hurls us to our knees. A health crisis. A personal loss. A business setback. A moment of clarity when we realize we aren't where we wanted to be. It doesn't take much.
While the challenges themselves feel significant, what matters more is how we respond to such disruptive circumstances. In other words, we needn't be paralyzed. We might feel that way, but feelings aren't facts. And we have more power than we realize at even the hardest moments. We do.
Here are three things you can do to build your resilience when faced with challenges:
1. Think of another time when you were confronted with an obstacle that felt insurmountable. How did you eventually move past the feeling of powerlessness?
2. Move your body. A trove of research suggests that when you move your body, you expand your mind. Even a gentle walk can help unblock tension and restore perspective.
3. Ask yourself what you are meant to learn from this challenge. Even the greatest losses offer enduring lessons.
Self-awareness is at the heart of emotional intelligence and resilience. Mastery of one's self is a learned skill. Don't wait for crippling blows to practice. Begin now by working through smaller setbacks. Keep track of your victories, because small wins lead to bigger ones, and in time, your foundation of resilience will be strong enough to withstand the toughest blows.