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Jim's Gems: The Resiliency Factor

February 27, 2012
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Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. Over the years, many parts of the world have suffered terrible disasters. Tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes took their devastating tolls on human lives, homes and possessions, leaving many without homes and material resources. Already fragile national economies have been put in further turmoil, leaving a lot of people wondering about their future. The toll on human life and spirit has been, at times, unbearable.

While it's natural and understandable to feel devastated in such situations, some people bounce back far more quickly than others. Instead of dwelling on what they've lost and becoming depressed, these people focus their energies on what they still have. They pick themselves up and use their remaining strength and resources to start over once again.

The ability to take a hit and bounce back is your resiliency factor. It has much to do with your overall feelings of self worth. It also has a lot to do with your belief about whether your life is largely controlled by you or by forces beyond your control. Is your glass half full, or half empty? It often is a state of mind.

People with high self-esteem and an internal sense of control over their lives are more resilient. They bounce back more quickly than those who feel their lives are controlled by others or events beyond their control. What is your resiliency factor?

Napoleon Hill said, "The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."

Each of us has the innate capacity for resiliency, but to what extent? You can develop the qualities in yourself that can sustain about anything that man can throw against you. You have to be like the tree that springs back to its form after strong winds have been thrown against it. You can learn to be so resilient that no personal setback can keep you down for long. The ability to bounce back quickly means your resiliency factor is higher than those who don't.

Successful people fail, but successful people are prepared to fail more, and they are more persistent than others. It's up to you. Increase your resiliency factor and improve your chances to succeed.

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March 6, 2012
This is so true. One of the hardest things in the world is to "bounce back" from personal issues. That is definitely a learned process due to most employers do not have practices set in place for the employee to turn in the face of extreme and serious personal issues. Makes one wonder if there should be something put in place. As in most days, resiliency is achieved depending on the level of things in their life. All too often people believe that it doesn't matter the level of adversity. It is believed that it should all be handled the same way. People are people and no one person handles everything the same way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. SA

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March 8, 2012
I am sitting here with my mother-In- law who is 77 and has been fighting cancer for 17 years and has just refused food or medicine. She said I am tired of fighting. She has never complained once. I read your article to her and she loved it. She asked that I read it to all her children and grand children gathered around her bed. After I finished she said to them all. Be tough when life kicks you in the teeth, don't run, face your fears and move forward. They will always remember that, thanks again. You may have changed a young person's life today. TB


March 8, 2012
I found this to be an excellent article. I would hope this article describes me. I'm battling brain cancer and I try to live each day to the fullest and your article really spoke to me. My wish is that I can instill in all of my family and friends the concept "Always fight the good fight, never give up, and never quit" Keep the positive articles coming. They often strike a chord with me. They contain priceless messages which I share with co-workers, friends, and family. Thanks, Wayne


March 14, 2012
Excellent advice. Thanks for sharing. EW




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