What I Learned About Resilience

I’m sitting in my beautiful office, taking a break to admire the view from my bay window.  I pause for a moment of silent prayer to give thanks as I reflect back over the last 2 years of my life, which for me, were two of the hardest years of my life.

I know what it’s like to lose everything in pursuit of a dream.   I know what it’s like to long for understanding and support, only to find that sometimes you have to learn how to carry a vision all by yourself, until God sends the right people your way. I understand how it feels when something deep down on the inside of you keeps pushing your forward, even when everything around you looks contrary to your vision.

That still small voice inside of me wouldn’t allow me to quit.  Even though I could have taken the easy route and decided that I was assigned to my fate, and that chasing a dream was just too hard.

But deep down inside I knew that I was built for this.

I know that I am not alone when I say that sometimes the journey seems much too long, sometimes the mountains seem much too hard to climb, sometimes the obstacles seem insurmountable, sometimes it seems as if you are traveling alone…

But can I tell you something interesting?

It’s supposed to seem that way.  Why?

Because how else would you know what it’s like to overcome an obstacle if you never had one to overcome?

How else would you discover how strong you really are, until you have an opportunity to be strong?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back, after setback, heartbreak, and disappointments.

And here’s what I learned about resilience…

1.      When I focus on the possibilities, and not the problems, I WIN, and so can you. When our energy shifts from the situation to finding solutions, we open up a whole world of possibilities.  Spend more time thinking about ways you can overcome your current dilemma, partner with a friend or a coach, to help you brainstorm alternatives and solutions that you might not have otherwise thought of.

2.      I’m stronger than I think I am, and so are you. Just think about that for a moment. The fact that you survived it, and that you are still here, reading this blog post, is a testament to the fact that YOU MADE IT. Give yourself credit for that, celebrate that reality.  Sure things may not be perfect and there may still be a ways to go, but you are well on your way, and that’s worth savoring.

3.      I now have a faith file.  Here’s what I mean.  It’s been said that every 7 years we experience something traumatic or major in our lives.  I’m not here to support or deny that statement, all I know is that life happens to all of us.  Sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose. The great thing about having a faith file is that we can look back and see what we’ve already overcome.  It builds our faith to know that we have the capacity to survive when we are faced with new challenges.

What you say to you, about yourself, matters.  Don’t let hard times cause you to decree negativity over your life.  Speak into existence what you want to see.  Soon you will begin to see how powerful your words really are, as your life begins to line up with your confession.

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