Building Resilience to Thrive and Succeed

by Jack Canfield

Taking charge of your future entails undertaking and assessing risk. It involves facing a myriad of challenges and setbacks while forging the road ahead towards your goals.

We often stumble through challenges, and somehow we find a way to overcome turmoil.  However once we reach our goals, we rarely take the time to reflect and remember the challenges that we faced.

We need to be able to ask the tough questions, such as, what caused the setback or how did we react when it happened? Most importantly, how could we avoid a similar situation in the future?

My Success Principles are designed to empower you and give you the tools you need to build strength and find your inherent greatness.

Become Self-Aware
Think of the trials in your past, and allow yourself to experience how you felt when confronted with negative events. What was your thinking pattern? What was your emotional reaction? Carefully observe your reactions – nonjudgmentally. What were the feelings and sensations you experienced during a period of high stress? Reflecting on your reactions and coping mechanisms will allow you to understand yourself better, so you can find helpful techniques that can literally change the way your brain works and reacts when faced with strife.

Develop Self-Confidence

When facing great challenges; we tend to focus on all of the negative feelings from previous experiences. We have a predisposition to remember what went wrong rather than the things that went well. Focusing on your failures affects your self-esteem, and a great way to dispel your negativity bias is to retrain your brain to recall the simple successes in life.

Start a “success journal”, listing small and large victories as they happen, so you can revisit them when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Create an affirmation and visualization for each goal that you have and practice it on a daily basis. This will recondition your subconscious to accept what’s possible, as if it has already happened, allowing you to see opportunities that you would otherwise ignore.

Change Your Outlook and Cultivate Your Relationships
Part of changing your paradigm is accepting the circumstances that cannot be changed, and coming to the realization that you can still be optimistic. Avoid seeing crises and stressful events as unbearable problems. Take daily steps -- no matter how small -- to move you closer towards your dreams. Be inspired and become an inspiration to others. Take the time, unfailingly, to engage in relaxing activities with family and friends. Focus on living by your highest standards so you can become a role model for others, while allowing others to inspire you.

Take the time to understand your reactions against adversity. Learn to dissipate tension and negative feelings and let my Success Principles help you build strength and resilience, so you can withstand the worst storms ahead.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at:

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