“The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” - Robert Tew.
With the current global crisis, there's no doubt about it, it's a tough time for all of us. Difficult times push us down and it's easy to feel frightened, demotivated and helpless. However, the truth is that those times actually improve us and teach tough life lessons. Looking back, we notice that how those difficult times have transformed us into what we are today.
We have a choice in how we respond when the going gets tough. We can shut down emotionally and let ourselves become hardened by it, or we can grow from the experience.
There is actually a term for the process – ‘post-traumatic growth’ – and it refers to the personal growth that comes from experiencing a crisis. Research has found that up to 70% of people experience positive psychological growth from difficult times, such as a deeper sense of self and purpose, a greater appreciation for life and loved ones, and an increased capacity for altruism, empathy and desire to act for the greater good. This shows us how it's possible to change and grow no matter the obstacles we face.
None of us know how long it will be before life returns to ‘normal’, but we do know we can leverage this opportunity to grow, be strong and feel better now.
So my question to you is this:
What can you do this weekend that ensures you come out of this crisis a better, stronger and healthier version of yourself?