Seven Habits For A Resilient Mind

Seven Habits For A Resilient Mind

via Forbes by Michelle de Matheu

Habits are a reflection of a collection of daily choices. Research from Duke University in 2006 found that over 40% of what we do is determined by habits, not decisions. This suggests that we can change a huge part of our lives just by transforming bad habits and creating better practices instead.

As I’ve written elsewhere, resilience is our ability to adapt to change and transform an experience into growth so that we can emerge stronger than before. The Latin root word for “resilient” is “resilire,” which means “jump backward, bounce.” We can interpret it as a rebirth — a recovery from a difficult situation. By learning to give birth to a resilient mind, we can learn to build a solid groundwork for evolution and growth in and out of the office.

Being resilient allows you to understand that life is full of challenges and opportunities to change obstacles into growth by learning how to remain open, flexible and willing to adapt to change and emerge.

Leaders in his new era require much more than knowledge and experience in an area or industry. They require an open mind and perspective. Here are some habits to strengthen your resilience.

1. Observe your internal dialogue and identify your thought patterns. Your inner dialogue can improve or interfere with your performance, creativity and well-being. Learning to observe your thoughts without judgment is a practice and daily commitment to observe how you feel and think and choose what inspires your growth versus what is noise.

2. Focus on the present. Setting aside a few minutes for mindful breathing, meditation or taking a minute to drink a glass of water with all your attention can make a big difference to your day. Set an alarm to take mindful breaks of your choice. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation is “a simple, fast way to reduce stress,” gain a new perspective on stressful situations and increase self-awareness and tolerance…

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