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Chapter 8. Experiment and Take Risks > Strengthen Resilience

Strengthen Resilience

Hardiness and resilience are mental, not physical, states. They have to do with how we view stress, disruption, and change in our lives. Throughout human history people have overcome severe hardships not because of physical prowess but because of “mental toughness.” Here are a few things you can do to help yourself and others in developing the capacity to bounce back from failures and take charge of change.

First, step back and gain some perspective. How bad is the situation? What’s the absolute worst thing that can happen as a result of the change? How bad is it, really? Don’t allow yourself to dwell on the “ain’t it awfuls.” Instead find the opportunities in the change. What exciting possibilities might exist for you? Look for ways that you can transform the change into a challenge that will propel you forward.


  

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