Peaks and Valleys, Resilience and Adversity

Article Contributed by Guest Author Christene Cronin, CC

Managing the peaks and valleys in our lives can be an ongoing challenge. And as muresilience flowerch as we want to be at our best (peak) we know that adversity (valley) will rear its ugly head sooner or later, so the question is: How long do you find yourself in a valley, and what is your level of resilience while you are in it?

The time that you allow yourself to reside in the “valley” can be hurting you and your business. When you are not feeling “up” or good about life, it does affect your interactions with others from the tone in your voice to the expression on your face and the tension in your body. These negative emotions can cause loss in productivity, missed opportunities, and emotional turmoil (decrease in self-confidence, self-doubt or fear).

Unknown to some is the knowledge that we all have the ability to manage and therefore change our emotions for the better, in the moment, at any time. Hence – social and emotional intelligence, or resilience.

Here are three things you can do to get yourself out of that valley faster:

  1. Define which emotions you are feeling, and then question the validity of those emotions. Are your emotions a reality or a perception? (Perceptions can be deceiving)
  1. Reflect on your beliefs about the situation. Are they your own beliefs or are you acting on the belief of others? What fact(s) are you basing your beliefs upon?
  1. Take effective action now! Do not allow yourself to suffer any longer. Take charge of your emotions, change your thoughts, and increase your resilience so you can escape from that valley immediately!

Even the most successful people experience adversity in their lives.  The difference is their level of resilience.

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.”    ~ Norman Vincent Peale  1898-1993, Minister and Author


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