Give gratitude, meditate, 30 minute yoga routine, shower, dry hair, apply lotion and make-up, dress to impress, fix cup of coffee, create to-do list for the day, write a check and leave outside for the lawn care crew, check email, respond to the plumber, the PTA president, SIL, read daily e-newsletter, pay water bill online, feed pets, make breakfast for 4, wake up the household, make beds, eat breakfast while chopping food for the evening meal, rinse breakfast dishes, place in dishwasher, start the dishwasher, make and pack 4 lunches, brush teeth, put on shoes, grab purse, backpacks and lunches, walk out of the house.
Uff-da! That’s a long task list to complete in the first few hours of being awake.
But what happens when you go to make those 4 lunches but you are out of bread? Or what do you do if you go to write the check before remembering that you used the last one the week before? What about if you drop your coffee cup and it shatters on the kitchen floor? Or if your cat threw up multiple times throughout the night?
How would any of those situations affect you? Would you feel stressed? Anxious? Would the rest of your day be ruined? You haven’t even left the house for the day and suddenly your shoulders are tense and you have a headache.
I recently attended my first NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) conference which happened to be in Fort Worth (wahoo for the close location!). My brain was overloaded from the informative sessions, but one session stood out above the rest. I had the privilege to listen to Janice Simon who spoke about resiliency. She was a firecracker! Smart and engaging, with a side of humor. I enjoyed her session immensely and wanted to pass along some of her wisdom.
In the session, Janice described 11 methods on how to build your mental toughness and grit (aka your resiliency). She stated that your resilience is like a muscle and can be conditioned to become stronger. Building up your mental toughness will help you face challenges head on. By utilizing the methods below (throughout the day, week, or month, you choose!), you can train yourself to focus on positives rather than any negative stressors that pop up in your daily life.
Here are 11 tips to create “grit” within:
What do you think? Which one do you think will work best for you and your life? Do you already utilize any of the above tips for dealing with daily life? I recommend picking 2-3 of your favorites (the ones that made you go, “ahh!”) and see how strong you can build your resilience.
One last fun trick: I loved Mel Robbins‘s suggestion of counting backwards…5, 4, 3, 2, 1, MOVE. I do that occasionally in the morning when I know I need to get out of bed but I’m just not moving. Our brains link a countdown to an exciting event or a race, so when you count down, your brain expects something to happen. It’s a little umph to starting a project or physically getting you to move.
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