Why You Need to Be More Resilient in 2017

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2016 sucked. We’ve had many conversations with friends and family over the year and everyone seems to be going through one life-changing transition after another. Deaths, breakups, financial loss, and career transitions. Not to mention what’s happening on a global scale.

2016 was host to the election of Donald Trump, about 7,000 deaths of refugees fleeing the Middle East and Africa, the outbreak and spread of the Zika virus to over 59 counties, the Brexit referendum, the massacre of Aleppo, countless terror attacks and shootings in America and Europe, and record setting global temperature increases that seem to indicate our world is in a climate change freefall.

So what indication do we have that 2017 is going to be any better? None. We’re heading for trying times. But that doesn’t mean we can’t regain some sanity in our lives. We need a stronger sense of reality, we need to to toughen up, regain some control where we can, and cultivate resilience.

The Importance of Resilience

Resiliency is the ability to overcome and adapt to challenges of all kinds: day to day problems, personal crises, trauma, and tragedy. Resilient people don’t dwell on failures; they observe the facts of the situation, learn from their errors, and march forward. They use adversity to build strength, wisdom, and personal power.

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How we see difficult situations strongly affects our ability to be successful, which is why we need resilience. Occasional failure is an inevitable part of life. The only way to avoid it is to live under a rock and take fewer risks. But a life without risks is a life with few rewards, few lessons, and few opportunities for growth. Instead, we can figure out what makes a person resilient in the face of adversity. We can look at what kind of mindset resilient people have, and work towards cultivating that mindset.

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Enter 2017 With a New Mindset

Resilience is about taking responsibility for your own life. There are three ways that you can do this.

  1. Change how you view challenges – Resilient people see difficulties as chances to learn, not excuses to be paralyzed. They don’t see their mistakes as a negative reflective of their own self worth or their abilities, they instead view them as lessons and opportunities to improve and grow.
  2. Make strong commitments and stick to them – Resilient people spend the time to figure out what their highest purpose in the world is, and they stay committed to that purpose. They use it as a way to spring out of bed in the morning. They don’t just commit to their work, they commit to the important relationships and causes in their life. This gives them a way to keep going even when their own will power is diminished by external difficulties.
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  1. Focus on what you can control and surrender to what you can’t – Resilient people don’t waste their time on uncontrollable events. Instead, they spend their time and energy focusing on situations that are important and that they have control over. This provides a feeling of steady progress and impact on their long-term goals, which builds confidence and strengthens will power over time. Recognizing that you can’t fix everything is one of the most liberating experiences in life. When you start hydroplaning, turn into the skid.

Make your 2017 new year’s resolution to become more resilient

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In light of how 2016 went, we can all benefit from setting our 2017 New Year’s resolution to becoming more resilient.

If you decide to take the challenge, we have created a 10-day email course to help you on your journey. Every day, you will get actionable advice on how to become more resilient, with lots of useful resources.

Mike is a Futurist, Entrepreneur, Psychonaut, and Podcaster at FutureThinkers.org, a writer at CuttingMachinery.org, cofounder of Plovdiv.Digital, and a designer at GiantSupernova.com. Mike has been a digital nomad and lived and worked in 6 countries. He is also the designer of The Cutting Machinery Meditation App. He's a supporter of basic income, sustainable living, and he plays the drums.

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