Developing resilience, overcoming obstacles and growing from setbacks is fundamental to happiness. Resilience is our capacity of becoming adaptable to changes. Improve life when plan A goes down the hill. It is crucial in life to use resistance to the next challenge or pace to be overcome in life.
Learning to look at obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow. Resilience is also the commitment to being able to attain our goals and accomplish happiness. The emotional stimulation of getting out of bed each day to reach our dreams. This commitment could be what keeps us providing second chances to our relationships and friendships. People who are resilient don’t spend their energy focusing on situations they cannot control.
The key is to put the efforts where there would make the most impact. Excessive worrying about things we cannot control could leave us feeling helpless and lost. Resilience is optimism. Optimistic people see bad events as something temporary. Staying resilient help us develop a sense of compassion and empathetic. A resilient mindset looks for changes on how to overcome stress and deal with success.
My Personal History Developing Resilience:
During the past years, I learned many things about me. Many have always been here. Hidden stories were waiting to be discovered. The product of reality, maturity and life experiences. Have you ever walk around life with the undoubted certainty that you know who you are? But, then one day, life makes you see yourself in a different mirror, and for the first time comes the real discovery that was kept hidden from yourself. I have lived in the skin of a pantomime that acted, smiled and moved like me, and the moment discovering my real face behind so many masks.
After such discovery, I started paying attention to my body and found inches of skin unrecognizable before. I became a fan of my body: my neck, the shape of my mouth and waves on my messy curly hair. Location on each birthmark on my body, shapes, colors, even fingernails, brown color of my eyes, my tiny feet in comparison to my tall height, glow on the skin of my shoulders, blue veins, and body symmetric. I was getting to know and accepting myself as I am. Not as other people perceived me. And neither as my expectations, which sometimes are different from reality, but as I am and I loved my recognition.
Before this discovery, I used to see my body as clothing sizes in need of going up or down, amount of weight required to drop, muscles to shaped and body to tone. I saw my body according to how well the dresses in my closet fit in or not, and how tight the jeans were. I saw my body as a small or a medium size as a success and a large number on the scale as a major failure.
But at one beautiful moment, I found invisibly written words on my skin for each person that I had loved. Some of these words from the past, at one point, gave me a scar and hurt me. Now, triumphantly disappearing with the daily renewal of my skin, self-love, maturity, and experiences. But, what I am most at peace now, is that If I see myself as a whole, I’ll be able to find beautiful words on each inch of my body from the many people who love me unconditionally. But most importantly, from me.
I confess, at one point, I was surprised to discover that most of these beautiful words came from my resilience. At some period in life, I gifted myself beautiful, brave words and mantras knowing that I was going to need them in the future. As someone in the middle of the sea, lost in a shipwreck, sending SOS messages to a soul who would respond years later into the future. SOS messages of self-love, resilience, and validation. Words which transformed my endurance and made me brave during several situations.
These incredibly beautiful words are too many now. Becoming bigger each day and turning itself into the brightest light in any room. I accept now that my body is breathing intuition, vibration, and energy. No longer logic. No fixable-addictive thinking. Materialistic living and possessions do not satisfy my soul. I crave intensity, creativity, passion and spiritual connections. I was homesick my whole life, thinking that I was missing something or someone who I couldn’t find or identify. When I became honest with my self, I discovered magically that I wasn’t homesick. I found out that my missing home was in ME.
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- Envision a brighter future ahead and keep a positive mentality.
- Make sure to stay surrounded by healthy relationships, which will support and motivate your decisions instead of constant criticism.
- Say no to the victim mentality. Focus your energy on improving what you cannot control.
- Exercises, sleep and keeping stress under control. A healthy body and mind will respond more efficiently to the many obstacles.
- Stay away from negative thoughts. Use positive daily affirmation and watch how you talk to yourself.
- Learn from mistakes, problems, and lessons. There is strength in the capacity to overcome and move past the difficulties.
- Work daily on self-love and confidence. When you develop confidence, you will move forward due to your inner strength.
- Stay flexible with changes.
The reality is that sometimes we are going to fail from time to time. Living means making mistakes and the need to grow from setbacks. We should not stop from seeking our dreams; even at the risk of failing. Resilient means staying strong, through the lessons so we can move to achieve better and bigger dreams. The power to overcome setbacks will come from resilience.