Loralyn Mears, PhD
Monday Motivation: Be Resilient
This article was originally published on April 20, 2020 at https://gritdaily.com/monday-motivation-resilience/
Monday motivation — we know you need it! Things aren’t getting any easier but that doesn’t mean that we need to give up. Now, more than ever, we need to dig deep, help ourselves and help others.
We see you, struggling to get your day started and in need of a pick-me-up to launch your week on the right foot. If you’re a podcast person, listen to our Monday Matters content on our Spotify Grit Daily podcast channel. Or read on to get our Monday motivation quick tips. If you like my writing, check out my new novel, The Battle for Humanity. Studies show that your morning mood affects your productivity all day. Grit Daily is here to get your work week off to a good start. Pump your fists – it’s time for Monday Motivation!
Find a way Resilience is all about finding a way, despite the odds. In this COVID era, the odds are, indeed, stacked against us. But, many are using the opportunity to take time for self-care, to do those projects that have been nagging us for however long and to use the situation as an opportunity to unleash our spirit of creativity. Monday motivation cheers all the emergency workers and everyone who is staying at home to stay safe.
But we’re also cheering everyone who is finding a way to be resilient. It ain’t easy! Resilience is one of the toughest skills to learn. Why? For the most part, you can’t learn it by reading about it: you have to live through something to feel it, to experience it and to come through to the other side of it. That’s the only way that you truly learn what resilience is. You can do it! Believing in yourself is the first part.
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” ~Jodi Picoult
Monday motivation tips on becoming more resilient For many people, digging in to find that Monday motivation, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or whatever day of the week it is, is getting harder to do. The human spirit is strong, but it is not unbreakable. COVID-19 has imposed a burden so great that it may take us as individuals and us, collectively as a society, years to work through and recover from. But that journey to recovery needs to start now. Resilience is going to make all the difference. Monday motivation is here to support you and work through it together.
#1 – find a purpose Many of us have recently lost our sense of purpose. We’re often defined by our jobs and equate our role at work with our role in life. With the spread of this pandemic, many of us have lost our jobs and hence, lost our sense of purpose. Monday motivation reminds us that now is the time to rethink our purpose – it is much, much greater than the job that we hold or once held. It is about digging in, fueling our strengths reserves, opening our hearts and finding a way to give what we can to help others who are not as strong. In so doing, we’ll build our own resilience and sense of purpose at the same time.
#2 – build your community A profound feeling of grief and loss is what most people are experiencing now because they have lost membership to or become socially distanced from their community. But this is the era of technology! There are multiple meet-up groups, free webinars, social channel LIVE events and so on that you can jump on. Grab a coffee, a drink, a lunch, make your dinner together or whatever floats your boat – there are so many options.
#3 – spark optimism Last year, we all learned about “sparking joy” and many of us have already learned that life is a marathon – not a sprint. Things will change for the better. How long? Nobody knows. But parts of the world are already coming out of the COVID fog. It is happening. We have to believe and focus on optimism. Staying positive is a core component of resilience. It may be harder than ever before to stay optimistic, but you’ve got to try.
Monday motivation knows that we’re in challenging times. But we can help each other. The human spirit is strong and we have the capacity in our hearts to help each other. KEEP GOING!
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