resilience: (noun)

a: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

b: the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. - Psychology Today

My favorite part: they find a way to rise from the ashes. They go all phoenix on the crap that knocked them down. And RISE!

Being an entrepreneur is tough. (Here are 20 reasons why you may want to quit.) But "entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't." Can I get an amen?!

You have big ideas. You know you're going to make it, it may just take some time, possibly a lot of time. There are ups and downs, highs and lows, great days and horrible ones. You love your job one day and wish you worked for "the man" the next. But you're resilient. You will hold onto the hope you started with and power through each challenge - because it's your JOB.

5 Ways to Stay Resilient

1. Find a mentor
Being able to talk through your worries with someone who can give you real advice will keep your head in the game. Find someone you can trust who knows enough about business and who will learn enough about you to know how to give the advice you need. Don't know someone? Start at score.org

2. Keep a 5 year journal
Write 6 simple lines every day for 5 years and keep track of what's going on in your business and life. If you can keep it up past the first year, you'll start seeing patterns in your moods, trends in your business, and find ways to keep moving forward. Purchase for $13 on Amazon

3. Get out of the office
Exercise can make you happy, even if it's as simple as a long walk. If you don't believe you have time, make it. Get up earlier, quit working so late, or take a 30 minute mid-day break. It will kick up your endorphins and make you more creative. Here are 9 ways to pull off a mid-day workout without looking disgusting

4. Surround yourself with positive people
Surrounding yourself with happy people will motivate you. Whether it's the people you hire or the regulars at the coffee shop, find space to be inspired by others. Join the community at happier.com, share your happy moments and read about others'

5. Give back
When you give to others, you get so much more in return. Read stories at ilikegiving.com and join a group that gives back to the community. People who give tend to be more positive. Try out rotary.org & check out a club near you.

How do you bounce back from the rough times?

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