In times of crisis, resilience is a genuine superpower.
No matter where we are in life, we will face challenges, and it’s here where a resilient mind comes to fruition. In those moments, resilience will help you power through and come out on the other side.
But what does “resilience” mean in the real world?
According to Everyday Health, resilience is:
“your ability to withstand adversity and bounce back and grow despite life’s downturns.”
As such, resilience is all about crisis management. It’s the ability to keep going when life throws everything at you. As Winston Churchill would say, it’s the idea of “never surrendering.”
So, how do we build resilience? How does one become adept at staying on track in challenging situations?
Nothing happens overnight, but it’s possible to build resilience over time by taking on challenges. In other words, you can train your mind and body for difficult moments by putting yourself in similarly demanding situations.
Think of it this way: if you’ve passed 10 exams in college, you’re unlikely to be scared of the 11th one. Someone who has never taken an exam, on the other hand, will have much higher fear levels.
In short, resilience doesn’t magically appear. To become resilient, you need to build a mental fortress by facing challenges.
On this basis, here are six difficult situations that will help you build resilience.
Quitting your job without a new offer lined up
If you’re working a corporate job, you undoubtedly know a coworker who endlessly talks about quitting. If, after months of rambling, they still haven’t done it, the reasons usually go along the following lines:
The timing has to be ideal. I need to find the perfect next opportunity. And most importantly, I cannot quit without having other offers lined up.
Not everyone can quit their day jobs and become entrepreneurs, but taking on the challenge of the unknown is a powerful way to build resilience.