3 ways to build resilience

Have you noticed that some people seem to be a lot more resilient than the average? Intuitively, I’ve always felt that resilience is an important factor in being successful. Probably in part it’s because I grew up in a communist country with very limited basic resources. Later, developing as an adult and starting studying self-development content, I found proof that confirmed my intuition.

Resilience is necessary and useful because:
  1. You get used to operating with fewer resources in tough times
  2. It demands you to develop more efficient systems and processes
  3. You can recover easier and faster after going through a slowdown or crash
  4. It gives you a competitive advantage in business or career
  5. When dealing with a lot of things, you can focus better on what is really making a difference for you
In the past 20 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve been through very good and very bad business and life cycles. In the process, I explored various new ways to be more resilient. Here are the 3 main things that helped me.
 
Meditation
It feels like a spa vacation for the mind. I’ve always felt like I have too many thoughts running through my mind, all the time. That I never get a break. Since I discovered meditation, it all changed. I meditate at least 15 minutes every morning, around 5.30, right after I wake up. It gives me clarity, inner peace and reinforces my belief that I can do good stuff, every day.
 
I’m using an app that I find useful for guided meditation and has many different approaches and styles so that you have a lot of options to choose from https://www.tenpercent.com/
 
Develop better habits
For me, meditation is one of the best habits I picked up. Then there is writing an article every day, exercising, walking, reading, posting relevant content on social media, cooking and many more. Some are recent, some are quite well established.
 
The key to developing better habits is to do it every day or, if not applicable, to do it recurrently at fixed time intervals. Just ‘show up’. When determining which habit is really good for you, think of this: if the long term outcome is far better than the daily benefit, it’s probably a winner.
 
For example, when thinking of exercising, the long term is becoming more healthy, fit and feel better about yourself, the daily benefit is you feel energized; however, the daily practice involves some pain.
 
One of the recent books I read and recommend about developing better habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://amzn.to/2SUbqbH
 
Amor Fati: Love Everything That Happens
I recently discovered Stoicism and started studying it on a daily basis. Funny thing is, the more I research, the more I find I’ve always had many of the characteristics of a Stoic.
 
Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason (logos).
 
Here’s a quotation from an article on Daily Stoic – a website with great content on stoicism.
 
Two thousand years ago, writing in his own personal journal which would become known as Meditations, Emperor Marcus Aurelius would say: “A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.” Another Stoic, Epictetus, who as a crippled slave has faced adversity after adversity, echoed the same: “Do not seek for things to happen the way you want them to; rather, wish that what happens happen the way it happens: then you will be happy.”
 
It is why amor fati is the Stoic exercise and mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens:
 
Treating each and every moment—no matter how challenging—as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it. So that like oxygen to a fire, obstacles and adversity become fuel for your potential.
 
I’d love to learn what are you doing to become more resilient!
Have a wonderful day!

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