The Funny Thing About Resilience

I recently presented on the topic of “Resilience” with a group of incredible business owners. When I did an image search online for “resilience,” I started seeing all these flowers blooming in harsh conditions – mostly concrete.

I’m sure the flowers didn’t WANT to have to push through the concrete. And I’m sure they didn’t. They worked their way around it. They struggled to find a way. It wasn’t easy, but They. Kept. Going.

Funny thing is – resilience is only perfected as a result of having to BE resilient. You can’t go to the store and pick up a pack of resilience. Resilience isn’t something we’re all born with. It comes and it grows with experience.

I recently had an epiphany that caused me to adapt a mindset of abundance vs. scarcity in my own business, and it’s been an absolute game changer. And it’s helped me to be more resilient as a result.

This past year has been a HUGE test of resilience for all of us. Here are some other intentional ways we can work to enhance our resilience:

Eight Ways We Can Build Up Our Resilience

  1. Focus On the Good – Yes it’s a little bit “woo woo,” but hear me out: You get more of what you focus on. And by focusing on what we have to be grateful for, we will generate more joy on our lives.
  2. Acknowledge Your “Overwhelm” – Treat it as a temporary emotion, because it’s how you’re feeling. Keep in mind your overwhelm is not YOU.
  3. Take Decisive Action With Confidence – Life Hack: Play a few rounds of Tetris, and you’ll see what I mean! As the blocks speed up, you have less and less time to react and less and less time to regret certain moves. The items in the rear view mirror are behind you for a reason. Focus on the now and keep moving forward.
  4. Calibrate Your Moral Compass – Make sure you’re in check with your integrity. Be certain that you’re being honest – with yourself and with others – and ensure that you’re being consistent and ethical.
  5. Keep a Handle on Your “Why” – Passion begets passion. Keep your eyes on the prize to focus on your WHY. Struggles will come and go. Your reason for continuing should remain steadfast. (Or better yet – it will crystalize and evolve with you.)
  6. Gain strength from the support of others – Iron sharpens iron. Ask for help when you need it.
  7. Help Others – Volunteer your time and expertise to benefit others. Did you know that giving someone a compliment activates reward centers in our brain? The same is true when you help others.
  8. Let Your Positive Emotions Rule – gratitude, humor, love, productivity. Doctors are prescribing laughter moments to their patients – get your daily dose of funny and the other positive emotions. Ask yourself, “Where do I find joy?” and go out and get it!

Resources:
Seven Skills of Resilience
How to Build Your Resilience To Be An Entrepreneur
Why Compliments Make Us Feel So Good – and How to Get Better at Giving Them

Thank you for reading! ~ Lauren Ansley, Chief Comedic Officer

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3 thoughts on “The Funny Thing About Resilience

  1. Wonderful post Lauren – your willingness to share your heart (humanity) and head (wisdom) is so appreciated – you are a beacon of light that I am grateful for – it’s an honor to compliment you, encourage you and support you :-).

  2. Very important reminder and well said. This is going to be my new refrigerator art. It is so easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of daily crap, yet you manage to refocus our attention to higher meaning. You are a force to be reckoned with. Much love to you.

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