At a recent college graduation I attended, the student speaker coined a word I found intriguing: persevacity.

Persevacity — perseverance and tenacity — is required to give you bounce-back resilience. We experience adversity, difficult days and rocky times. We all make mistakes.

Every human feels the sting of “failure.” Failure is in quote marks because we fail forward to success. Being resilient and excelling at persevacity gives us the capacity to see missteps as learning experiences.

The resilient person internalizes the truth that you are not your difficult days nor your past mistakes. Every sunrise is a new beginning. Every morning brings the opportunity to forget the fractures, shattered or broken pieces of yesterday and start anew. 

Resilience Strategies

Believe in Yourself. Perhaps the most important strategy for becoming a resilient person is to believe in your unlimited potential and know that the seeds of greatness are inside of you. James Allen in his book “As a Man Thinketh” writes that the mighty oak sleeps in the acorn and the bird waits in the egg. If you believe in who you are today and know that you will be even greater tomorrow, you will carry yourself with self-assurance, your tone of voice will be convincing, your smile genuine, and you will have the strength to be resilient.

Build Endurance. Two framed quotes hang above my desk. One says DETERMINATION – what we hope to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.

The second one says PERSEVERANCE – Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

These two quotes give me the power to endure, adapt, and keep going when I face experiences that challenge my mental and emotional strength.

Serious health problems, workplace stressors, and daily conflict all require endurance and help me emerge stronger than before. 

Exercise Your Power of Choice. The negative and positive run parallel every day and you choose which you will be, a positive person – a resilient person – or a negative person who quits at the first hiccup in a plan.

The optimistic and confident person sends positivity into the universe and like a boomerang, positive things come back to them. The negative person sends negativity into the universe and true to the boomerang effect, negativity comes back.

Evaluate the Walls You Build. Without any effort, we build walls of positivity and self-worth and walls of negativity and self-doubt. A wall of positivity blocks the negative from entering your sphere and affecting your mental and emotional state. In the same way, we build walls of negativity that block the positive from influencing us.

In addition to belief in your personal power, the bricks that build a wall of self-worth include:

  • Being authentic
  • Becoming a problem solver
  • Changing viewpoints — or relabeling
  • Exercising your power of choice
  • Having a positive and optimistic attitude
  • Taking pro-active control when you can
  • Using humor to alter the perspective of a situation

The bricks that build a wall of self-doubt include:

  • Feeling rejected – real or imagined
  • Experiencing distress
  • Being sorrowful for past slip-ups
  • Indulging in self-downing
  • Surrendering to depression
  • Feeling a lack of control over your circumstances
  • Increasing fear of not measuring up
  • Letting anger control you

Build a wall of positivity and self-esteem and never forget that you get to decide if you are going to be a negative person or a positive, resilient person. 

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