At the root of resilience is the willingness to take responsibility for your progress and outcome.
The only person that can really push you a little bit further in life is yourself.
Obstacles are uncomfortable, stressful, and can be scary. Sometimes it can feel so overwhelming that you're not sure how to keep going.
However, if you can embrace the impediment that stands before you, accept the problem as it is and prepare to challenge it, and take action despite the present setback, you can find the way that you didn't know was there.
"I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking," says Og Mandino.
People who persist no matter the obstacles, sooner or later are bound to succeed. Despite the setbacks, it's in your best interest to turn obstacles into stepping stones.
Don't choose to complain, or worse, to just give up. These choices do nothing to get you across the finish line.
Elbert Hubbard once said, "A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success."
There will be times in all of our lives when pressures mount and at some points we will struggle to cope. However, through learning about ourselves and realizing what we can and cannot manage, we are able to manage, move on and make the most of life.
Learn to persist in the face of struggle. Not for egoist purposes, but for the greater good. For the cultivation of your best self.
Cultivate your grit and push yourself further outside your comfort bubble. And remember what Ryan Holiday said, "The obstacle is the way."
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