Monday, January 3, 2011

Characteristics of Resilient People - 4

The fourth characteristic of resilient people is the ability to hang tough during difficult times. Sometimes things just don't go our way. We anticipate certain outcomes, and then life throws us a high-speed curve ball.

It's okay to wallow in a little self-pity....temporarily. This allows the negative thoughts and emotions to flush out of our system. How quickly you extricate yourself from the muck and mire of negativity depends on the strength of your resilience skills. Adversity builds resilience.

Resilient people are good at managing their emotions. They stay calm under pressure and persevere, and keep their focus on the goal for the long-haul. One way to do this is to sift through the external demands and keep potential distractions at bay. You have to be mindful, too, about the value of your actions and let go of old patterns and ways of doing things. Rigidity is detrimental to resilience.

In the words of Don Schiltz who wrote The Gambler, and performed by Kenny Rogers: "You got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away."

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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