Well, I guess we did not win the lottery last night. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our plans did not come together like we had hoped. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our plans to retire after 30 years with the company ended at year 15 with a downsizing exercise. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our dream of a quiet neighborhood ended when the neighbor’s grandson got the house. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our plan for “happily ever after” is not looking so good. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our plans for a care-free retirement ended when the kids moved back in. Now what do we do?
Well, I guess our plans to hand down a great family business ended when the “supercenter” came to town. Now what do we do?
The reality of our day to day lives is that many things don’t come together according to plan. To pull from the wisdom of Ben Franklin, it is really only death and taxes that we can count on.
Resilience is a character trait defined as the ability to bounce back after a set-back. As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, building resilience into our personal skill-set would be a most valuable endeavor to reach our full potential.
How do we handle a set-back? Do we take our ball and go home, fold up our tents and walk away, or do we pick ourselves up, adjust our plans with the new set of information and get back after the goal?
Here are a few things to consider in helping to build and strengthen our resilience:
- We are not the only one whose plans fell off the rails and we encountered a near term failure. Even the sharped dressed man or woman who sounds so smart, hits rock bottom every once in a while.
- Work hard to remain humble when things seem to be going great. Humility will help soften the blow when a set-back comes our way.
- It is ok to acknowledge the pain. We should all work to build our tolerance for pain and discomfort, but it is ok to admit a major set-back in an important area of life really hurts.
- We set a helpful example to those we care about most when we demonstrate the ability to bounce back after a set-back. Set the example…It may be the most important life-skill we can teach those closest to us.
Our world continues to grow in complexity and uncertainty and as we continue to develop our resilience in dealing with the inevitable set-backs, we will continue to build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity® for us to reach our full potential and have a positive impact on those around us.