Saturday, 20 April 2013

Onwards and upwards.

My friend Gerald is a wise man, who also happens to be Caroline's father. When we chatted the other day, he reminded me of something I tend to forget, and maybe you do too. Although Gerald was mainly talking about business, his reflections apply to a lot of other of life's aspects. Success, he said, isn't about brilliance - it's much more to do with tenacity and resilience: the ability to keep to your path single-mindedly when distractions are all about you, and the power to spring back after things become bent out of shape.

It's all too easy to give up when things go wrong, but where does this get you? Tenacity and resilience can help you overcome whatever life throws at you, and I like to think that mental resilience is a strength you can develop in much the same way that you would physical resilience. Start small by choosing the way you'll feel when you're faced with a moderate amount of adversity, then build from there. Is today a good one to work on your resilience?