Life can be such a fight at times! It’s incredible the things we have to face: an illness, financial problems, unemployment, a failed business, a failed relationship, a death in the family. The list could go on forever. It’s a boxer who has been knocked down to the canvas multiple times during the fight. At some point the temptation is to what to stay down, or for someone in your corner who has “your best interest at heart,” to want to throw in the towel of surrender.
There are always plenty of reasons why you should give up and stay down on the canvas. Believe me, I’ve been there many times. I have fallen so many times, it’s hard to keep count. Throughout my life I’ve had experiences that have knocked me down flat on my back. During those instances, it’s always tempting to call it a day and give up. Life, mistakes, other people, and circumstances will knock you down countless times; it’s up to you whether you will remain down. To win, you must be resilient.
Resilience is your ability to bounce back after facing difficult situations and to roll with the punches, because you refuse to let anything or anyone come between you and your goals.
Resilience is choosing an optimistic attitude towards people, things, and events. It’s choosing to hold a loving, positive belief about yourself. It’s being the boss over your emotions– taking fear or anger, and turning that negative energy into a positive force to take you to a higher level. Optimism, self-esteem and self-control are what resilient people use to bounce back. That is the very core of a resilient person.
Bad times will always be a part of life. There’s no way of stopping that terminal illness, the layoff, or the natural disaster from striking your town. Resilience allows people to move back to their core beliefs, to dust themselves off, and move on. When bad and unexpected things happen, you have a choice. You either stay in that Dumpster Moment, feeling sorry for yourself, or say, “That was interesting. What can I learn from this DM? Let me figure out a way to get out and move on.” It always blows me away to see how people and communities act after a natural disaster; most have a way of pulling together and rebuilding into even stronger communities.
The fight is not over until the final bell rings. You decide if you will stay down or get up one more time. If you fall down seven times, get up eight!