Adversity is a difficult part of life that is going to affect you, whether you want it to affect you or not. To experience adversity is to live. Adversity is so prevalent that I bet you could name an adverse event that happened in your life today.
Frankly, you only have two options when dealing with adversity. You could give in to the pressure, back down, and choose to be a quitter. The other option (and if I may add, one of my personal favorites) is that you could always fight back against adverse circumstances and build up your resilience. The thing that separates achievers from non-achievers is the mindset of resilience. Achievers are resilient. Non-achievers are not resilient. It’s as simple as that.
The purpose of writing this article is to provide you with four super easy applicable tips to increase your productivity, which will increase your number of accomplishments, thus increasing your resilience. It’s not that resilient people are just naturally stronger, but rather they self-actualize their true abilities by trying, persisting, and not being discouraged by failure if it occurs.
Here are four productivity tips that foster resilience:
- 30 Days – Make it your goal to stick with something for at least 30 days before giving up. Thirty days is a long time and so much could change over such a period of time. The cool thing about sticking with something for at least 30 days before giving up, if you choose to do so of course, is that the things you learned over your 30-day trial will benefit you in other areas of your life. For example, if you decided to learn a new language for 30 days and discovered that that was not for you, then you would have more knowledge than you previously had about a different culture that you may be able to apply to other areas of your life in the future.
- Set Deadlines – Don’t have some kind of vague idea in your mind about when you are going to get something done. Set a deadline to have something done by your chosen date and have it done by that date. No excuses! Giving yourself a deadline gives you something to work toward and it gives you a reason to work, whereas having a vague idea about when you want to have something done gives you a lot of leeway to slack off and tell yourself you can always get it done later.
- Get Pumped Up – You have to get yourself in the zone of productivity. Some of us do this by listening to songs that stir up emotions in us, by listening to a motivational speech and absorbing every word, or by being in a quiet, productivity-friendly environment. Whatever you do to become industrious, just do it!
- Get Started – When I began composing this article I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write it about. I just knew that I wanted to write something of value for my readership and I did just that. Simply getting started, even if you don’t fully know what you’re doing yet, creates a pathway to achieve something whereas nothing always begets nothing.