Functional Resilience

Functional resilience is the foundation, the epitome of ‘getting up’. Once we realize the power of resilient thinking, we can weave that knowledge into our everyday actions, social conversations, workplace water cooler discussions, and lessons. To own your resilience is to know that during difficult life events, you will move through them and on to a more enjoyable part of your journey. Functional resilience, therefore, naturally dictates that your knowledge is practical and applied in your life daily.

Imagine that your ability to be resilient is similar to driving a car. Before you can drive a car, you must be taught how. Learning to drive comes more easily to some than others. However, most people who desire to learn can be taught to drive. Important to note that desire to learn does not mean mastery of a skill, nor does it dictate that a license for such skill is forthcoming. Fortunately for all of us, there is no certificate for resilience. Instead, there are endless tests which lead to more tests of your newfound, well developed skill.

Heading into tomorrow, what are your goals? How will you work your resilience muscle? A workout does the body good, not only physically but mentally. As we tear, we build. Small tears of muscle fibers are the precursor for building stronger muscles. Small tests of your own resilience are the first step toward improving your ability to handle greater life stress. Difficult times will still be difficult… Yet the tough stuff from yesterday will become the easier issues of today. Growth of our resilience muscles becomes evident when we return to our semi regular states more quickly than before.

Functional resilience will not make you a happy person, it will help you choose a mindset of peace and joy along your journey. Climbing that mountain will become more appealing one step at a time.

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