For many people, the ability to be resilient is overwhelming. Let’s face it…if you’ve lost or can’t get going it’s easier to not make the effort. After all why make the effort if it’s going to require a lot of energy. You won’t have to achieve if you don’t try, you won’t have to exhibit any ambition, and of course you can’t fail if you don’t try!
All of the aforementioned statements are true, but why not simply learn how to appreciate the appetite of having something more. Why not prove to yourself that you have what it takes to ____fill in the blank. In most of my speaking engagements I encourage the audience to go the extra measure because they never know who’s watching them, who’s relying on them, or who needs to be shown how some things are supposed to be done.
There is a satisfaction of achieving a task, a goal or a milestone of varying degrees. In the academic community it’s all about the certificate or the degree itself. You went to school and studied, and after several months or years you have completed the required learning. Isn’t it great…that sense of accomplishment!
Failure or back sliding as we say in certain circles is never something that should be taken as meaningless, but depending on how you view life will determine how that failure affects you. I love math (general math and business math), but when it was time to learn algebra, geometry and calculus I ran like Jesse Owens. If I had applied myself, I’m sure I would have had a better handle on it, but at the time I simply couldn’t see it. So in short…I failed at progressive mathematics in school.
When it came to music or songwriting it was quite a different story. If I sang a song and my notes were flat or simply off key. I would stop and do whatever I had to do to correct my error. Usually, it meant listening to the song over and over and trying the song, no matter how many times it took until I was able to nail it!
So what is the why of resilience? It’s about exhibiting the ability to overcome a challenge from any perspective. Learning and figuring out that regardless to the failure of a task, a job, or a process…you have what it takes to tackle it and get the job done. This is crucial if it’s your work career or your business. In fact you may need to teach this lesson to someone else.
I still hear questions on Jeopardy or I’m a part of conversations where I’ve reached back into my early learning or leisurely conversation and find answers to things that aren’t that important, but it’s the ability to reach back to an uncomfortable place and produce results that were probably not top of mind and sometimes we do this just because.
I’ve always found in my life that accomplishment after failure has always been gratifying!