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Prepare For The Worst

It starts with your mind-set. Accept that change is inevitable and realize that you can choose how you react.

When possible, lay the groundwork for recovery before you need to: Keep your skills up to date to stay in demand in the market, have a financial reserve in case of job loss or illness, etc. 

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Strong emotions are more likely to dictate your behavior.

Become familiar with what triggers your stress. Practice “active internal coping mechanisms” such as reframing, humor, optimism, and meaningful social interactions.

Write It Out

Simply writing about your feelings can help you explore them and resolve some of the issues that may be preventing you from recovering from trauma.

Build A Community

Fostering strong relationships with family, friends, mentors and others to whom you can turn in times of crisis helps you bounce back. 

Know Your Purpose

Having a sense of purpose beyond your occupation or everyday role plays a big role in resilience.  

“Our positions are temporary and will likely change. But our purpose should never really change.” Frank Niles

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>[Resilience] is the ability to get back in the game after you’ve had some sort of failure. And indeed, we can learn to become more resilient</

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  • Reframe your thoughts about reality: You can’t control reality, but you can manage how you adapt to it.
  • Prepare for the worst: You can’t train to deal with every possible situation, but you can prepare your mind to adapt to unexpected ones.
  • Create alternative paths: Creativity plays a critical role in overcoming adversity.
  • Leverage the power of relationships: Rescuing yourself from adversity starts with you but strong relationships are critical for bouncing back.
  • Mind your spirit: Religious and spiritual support bring us comfort during adversity.

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Defining resilience

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of risk -  American Psychological Association.

It's the ability to bounce back when something goes wrong rather than crack under pressure.

Bounce Back Quickly From Adversity

Adaptable people take adversity in stride, adjusting their thoughts and expectations to suit their new reality, instead of dwelling on "what could have been."

Being adaptable means you change yourself to accommodate your circumstances, which is often easier than changing your circumstances.