Series How to Be Resilient: Good Habits for Changemakers — Is Building A Set Of Resilience Habits Right for You?

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You have probably seen lots of articles about the habits of the highly successful or wealthiest people. It may be that you’ve read them and wondered if any or all of those habits would be right for you. Would they help you be resilient as well as materially successful if you followed them?

The good news is that habits are things that anyone can adopt in their own lives to achieve the type of success that matters to them. After all many of these highly successful people started out from scratch just like you and decided what they wanted and worked out a plan to get there. In order to do that they formed habits that stood them in good stead. You can do exactly the same with the goal of being resilient. You just need to take action to change beliefs that don’t help you and behaviour that doesn’t serve you.

If you are completely happy with every aspect of your mindset and behaviour and feel like you have all the bounceback-ability you need, then you will probably not want to make any changes. However, it may be that if you look at yourself really closely that you will find something that you want to improve.

Ask yourself the following questions. Be totally honest with yourself in your answers.

Is your life fulfilling?

Do you feel happy and contented?

Are you able to live comfortably no matter what happens?

Are you really happy in your job or is there something stressing you that you can’t figure out?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years? No matter what happens?

Is that where you want to be?

Depending on the answers to these questions you will probably find that you are ready to change your mind and your life by developing really good self care and resilience habits.

By deciding to take the initiative and develop new habits dedicated to your own wellbeing you will be able to create the life and future you want — no matter what.

What are the habits that you could usefully develop? Here are some ideas.

Prioritization: knowing what tasks are important and doing those first. Keeping lists can help you prioritize. Bullet journals are great for this.

Goal setting: identifying goals and knowing what to do to achieve them.

Waking early: getting up even half an hour earlier each day can help you create a more effective routine and start to your day. Many of the most resilient and successful people get up 2–3 hours before starting work each day.

Visualization: being able to visualize what you want and what you and your life will look like when you achieve it is a powerful habit for developing success.

Exercise and diet: eating healthily and developing an exercise regime is another key habit for strength and resilience. The mind and body are inter-connected.

Self-knowledge: knowing yourself really well is an essential habit. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is important. Eric Thomas, the Hip Hop Preacher, said, “Ask the real you to stand up.” By knowing yourself you can then identify the future you really wish to create. And journalling will help!

Networking: meeting people who are resilient, creative and action takers can help you gain knowledge, tips and insight. You will also create friendships, partnerships and surround yourself with positive role models.

These are valuable habits that can enrich your life regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. If you want a happy, fulfilling life and a potent personal and professional role then you need to start cultivating these habits today.

We can really help and have loads of resources to aid you on your way. You are not alone. Reach out anytime.

This article is part of my July series on Good Habits For Changemakers: How To Develop A Resilient Mindset … so watch this space for more ideas and support.
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