Resiliency is that grit, tenacity, and the willingness to get up time and time again. Even when you fall, or trip, or stumble… darn lead feet. This, surprisingly, is not something we are born with but something we learn over a lifetime. We set goals for ourselves, intentionally or unintentionally. Goals such as, get an A on the test, make varsity team, or get that promotion. When we succeed we feel triumphant! We get a rush of dopamine and oxytocin. The two chemicals in our body that reward us and encourage us to continue. To keep trying because yes, we can be successful. The secret is to tap into this knowledge when challenges are thrown our way.
Life’s biggest challenge for you may be Parkinson’s disease… So, what is your next move?
No matter what your challenge is, take a moment to identify an area of concern. Write a goal for yourself. What would you like to see instead? Maybe, “I want to have more energy” or “I want to be able to keep up with my grandkids”. Then write down 3 action steps you can take to help you get there? So today I will… “find an exercise class, research good sleep habits, or call my doctor…” Whatever it is, write it down and place it somewhere you will see it daily. You are much more likely to succeed.
Then keep going. Don’t give up. Tap into your resiliency to get back up, dust yourself off, and keep fighting back. Use the life lessons that taught you not to take no for an answer and be persistent. If one doctor doesn’t have a solution, seek a second opinion. Research and learn about the things you can do to help you feel better each day.
You are able because you think you are able. Be RESILIENT and know, no matter what your challenge is you can, “Be YOU, not Parkinson’s.”