“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
Top performers have learned something that many potential top performers haven’t learned yet. They know how to bounce back from disappointment, loss and great challenges.
Resilience is the propensity to bounce back from a fall. As a ball contacts a surface it compresses and that stored energy rebounds and causes the ball to bounce back. When we fail or make a mistake we also need to find a way to bounce back. Resilience is the story of winners not whiners. Winners find a way to come back and finish strong.
Those who have found a way to bounce back. When Jack Canfield got rejected time and time again before getting his “Chicken soup for the soul” published he could have let the first rejection stop but he didn’t he kept pressing ahead not after 1 or 2 or after 50 but closer to 100 rejections before a publisher printed his book.
Fred Smith could have turned thrown his dream into the wastepaper basket after his professor gave him a “C”on his idea for Federal Express. SouthWest Airlines could have folded before it started if it weren’t for the resilience of Herb Kelleher.
Winners find a way to bounce back and achieve their goals. When they do they have success stories that can be told and used in case studies about business success. When Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer he didn’t let the cancer define him, he used it as a stepping stone for greater success. He bounced back.
How are you at bouncing back? Do you feel like a setback is a reason to quit? Do you feel like you aren’t good enough and you’re not the right person to take up the challenge?
People who are resilient take charge of their life rather than letting the circumstance take charge of their life. If you are having a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, or a bad year, step back and assess your situation. Are you taking charge or are you letting the circumstance dictate your next step?
If you’re ready to make a change and become resilient and you don’t know how … contact a coach, work with someone and become a resilient person.