”Faith is unseen but felt, faith is strengthened when we feel we have none, faith is hope when all seems lost.” – Catherine Pulsifer

What do you do when faced with disappointment, adversity, or tragedy?

Why do some people seem to summon their strength while others have trouble bouncing back?

The truth is change and adversity are unavoidable. Eventually, everyone has to face their share of pain. What counts though is how you deal with tragedy, a setback, or a disappointment and your ability to recover quickly from these challenging situations.

Watch my powerful interview with the owner of Century 21 Innovative Realty, Sabbir Chawala. Learn why Sabbir believes mindset and faith gave him the strength and courage to move forward when faced with unexpected loss, crisis and massive change. Discover why Sabbir remains resilient, optimistic and happy with life. 

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

What makes the difference between someone who barely survives challenges in life and someone who meets these challenges head-on and thrives is resilience. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”  It is also defined as “the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens.”

Let’s look at the steps Sabbir shared that enabled him to cultivate a resilient mindset and bounce back from loss and tragedy. 

#1 Faith & Belief: Having faith in a power larger than yourself plays a vital role in resilience. The ability to pray or ask guidance often reduces the feeling of isolation and strengthens your ability to respond and deal with a crisis. According to Napoleon Hill, “Faith is the head chemist of the mind. When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence.” 

#2 Establish Rituals & Routines: Establishing and maintaining daily rituals builds habits that keep you focused when dealing with intense emotions.  Rituals and routines when performed consistently and persistently build a muscle that will strengthen your resilience when adversity happens.

#3 Vision and Goal Setting: In the face of crisis or tragedy, finding a sense of purpose through vision casting and goal setting can play an important role in your recovery and ability to bounce back. A clear vision with well defined goals creates a solid path for you to walk on. Sabbir shared that living into his vision allowed him to be accountable to himself, while honoring his wife’s memory.

#4 Look for the Lessons & Blessing: Hardships can bring unexpected gifts and blessings. Being open to discover unexpected lessons and having an appreciation for the ‘small things” in your life can go a long way in strengthening resilience. 

#5 Live for Today! Learn to live and celebrate the present moment. Each day, ground yourself in the present, and be grateful for every win and blessing? Writing down your success and gratitude on a daily basis is a simple and effective way to develop an attitude of gratitude.

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Suzan Hart is a Mindset Mastery Mentor.  She helps entrepreneurs, speakers, team leaders and managers develop breakthrough strategies to overcome fear, navigate change and develop a mindset to respond and innovate when faced with conflict, crisis and chaos.