How to Become More Resilient So Nothing Can Keep You Down

Since today is Friday and RRSA roofing salesmen are always looking for motivation and inspiration, here is an awesome article from Tiny Buddha, whose newsletter I subscribe to for my own personal inspiration. This article nails it, so read for sure.


Below is the first part of the article. Read it in its entirety here.

How is it that some people can breeze through physical and emotional pain, whereas others wince at the mere thought of it?

Is it their genes? Their individual circumstances? Their support network?

Or is it a certain strength of character, something each and every one of us can develop with the right tools and training?

Two years ago I found myself needing to answer these questions.

I was sitting in a cafe in East London wiping the tears from my cheeks with a napkin. To my boss who’d just informed me she no longer needed me, it would’ve looked a little overdramatic. But at least an hour had passed since she’d left.

It was uncertain whether or not I’d be paid the previous month’s wages. I needed it to cover last month’s rent, to buy food for the following weeks, and now to call my mom. I’d moved to London only a month prior, giving up a good job and a bright future in a good company to work on a new, small but promising community project.

Despite the words of warning and concern from my family, I believed this was going to be the start of something great. Those tears were not for losing the position or even a month’s worth of hard work, but for the excruciating feeling of having to admit I was wrong and call my parents to take me in.

I was a mess. I felt like a failure to myself, and to all those who’d been looking out for me.

Today when I think about that unfortunate time, I realize I wouldn’t be where I am now without it. I learned an early, and somewhat easy, lesson in resilience.

Resilience: ”An individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.”

Resilience is not something you either have or don’t have. It’s a set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed by anyone. And the great thing is, you don’t need to lose your job, money, or pride to cultivate it.

There are three keystone habits to master in order to become a temple of strength and resilience in times of adversity. I’ve spent the past several years practicing them, and they’ve completely transformed my life, so naturally, I now want to share them with you.

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