I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, right. Who, after all, welcomes adversity? 

Some people are luckier than others, that’s a fact. But at one point or another, you may be felled by a challenge so crippling it hurls you to your knees. A health crisis. A personal loss. A business setback. A moment of clarity when you realize you aren’t where you wanted to be. 

All these things matter. But what matters more is how you respond to such disruptive circumstances. In other words, you needn’t be stuck. You might feel that way, but feelings aren’t facts. You have more power than you realize at even the hardest moments.

Here are three things you can do to build your resilience when faced with challenges: 

1. Think of another instance when you were confronted with an obstacle that at the time felt insurmountable. How did you eventually move past the feeling of powerlessness?

2. Move your body. Ample 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.

Nancy Sharp
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