The Real Key to Success

Being able to attain your personal definition of success requires many things. When asked, many people cite perseverance as being a key success factor. While perseverance is important, there is something even more vital.

More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. Resilience is a cousin of perseverance.

A person can increase his or her level of resilience, and thereby increase their chances of success, by developing mental and physical habits that foster a positive mental state.

How to Develop Your Resilience and Attain Success

A body of data, including studies of identical twins, suggests that certain personal characteristics that foster resilience may be at least partly inherited. These traits include a temperament that leads a child to confidently take on novel tasks and interact with unfamiliar people, as well as a good nature, social personality, and an ability to accept oneself, including our faults.

However, virtually anyone can become more resilient through disciplined, consistent practice. The more we activate specific brain areas through our behavior, the more neural connections form in these areas, thus enabling the neurons involved to transmit their messages more efficiently.

Self-confidence, prompted by thinking positively, provides a safety net against failure and bolsters our belief that we can overcome obstacles. As a result, we tend to be more active in confronting challenges rather than passively avoiding them.

Tip: To attain the success you envision for yourself, develop your personal resiliency. Resilience is one of the key elements of success.


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