THREAD on hardiness.

A psychological trait that motivates you to respond to stressful circumstances in ways that produce resiliency.

A key to cultivating the existential courage that facilitates the ongoing search for meaning in life.

Here are three ways to develop it 👇👇

Accept situation you are in and move forward anyway. Resist temptation to turn away from obstacles; lean into them instead.

Research: "Rather than sink into isolation and alienation, do hard work of staying involved with the people and events going on around you."

Figure out what you can do to productively influence a situation, and then take action.

Research: “Struggling to have an influence on the outcomes going on around you, even if this may seem difficult in certain circumstances, is key to hardiness.”

This mindset views life as an ongoing, ever changing exercise with no fixed outcome.

Research: "You find process of continuing to learn from your experiences—be them positive or negative—developmentally fulfilling. As a result, you feel less threatened by change."
This article I wrote for @outsidemagazine contains more on the research above, along with examples of and practices for hardiness—both in harrowing circumstances and in every day life (which are sometimes the same).…
Researchers repeatedly found that the stronger someone is in the three C’s of hardiness, the greater their chance is of surviving and thriving during tumultuous changes.

Developing hardiness isn’t easy, but it will give you the tools to better ride life’s waves ⛈️🏄‍♂️
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2. Conscious incompetence
3. Conscious competence
4. Unconscious competence

Quick summary based on 10 yrs of research and working with high-performers across disciplines. Image
Unconscious incompetence.

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2) You cannot "buy" health and wellness. These are not luxury products. They are things you do.
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Heroic efforts tend not to end well.

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