4 Incredible Habits for Thriving in Good and Bad Times

Martin Luther King Jr, once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy”

Most of us remember the economic downturn of 2007-2010. Over $3 trillion in assets were wiped off the stock market. Those were hard times with employment in the U.S. edging towards 14%.

But amazingly, many millionaires were minted during this period. The same happened during the Great Depression of 1939: most of the modern inventions we take for granted today were invented during that time.

Some thrive even in tumultuous times. Whether they are entrepreneurs or career workers, these individuals have certain traits in common that enable them to sail through bad times. In short, they have cultivated certain habits that ensure they thrive whether in good or bad times.

Here is a list of 4 habits that you begin to implement today to ensure you thrive in good and bad times:

  1. Planning and preparedness

There is no way we can know what might happen next week, next year or 10 years from now. Research across the globe shows that the average person deals with significant difficulty approx 25% of the time. Life can be hard and uncertain. However, we can prepare for challenging times.

We can plan, at a high level, for what to do if problems arise. It can never be perfect. But thinking about risks, thinking through what you might need, or how you might deal with those situations has significant benefits.

The greatest benefit is that it helps prepare you mentally for the problem. This is done ALL the time in the military, emergency preparedness, and in sports. The reason it is done is that it is effective. It can find holes in your strategy, but it has the added benefit of inoculating you to the stress. When the event does happen, you’ve ‘seen’ it before. It might not be a perfect picture, but it rhymes. This takes the power away from the situation and places it where it belongs – with you.

Planning for different types of disruption, challenge, or emergencies can feel morbid, negative, or just a waste of time. The key is to plan – just enough. Enough to maybe fix some weak links in your game and to think about it enough that it doesn’t come as a complete shock when the real event happens.

  • See adversity as an opportunity

Highly successful people see challenges in a different light. Instead of regarding them as obstacles, they see opportunities. They understand that they were put on this earth to provide solutions.

That is why when they encounter any formidable challenge, they ask this question: how can I be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? That explains why a lot of the creature comforts we enjoy today were invented during the Great Depression.

Successful people know bad times don’t last forever.  That applies to the current COVID-19 lockdown. While the pandemic has stymied a lot of businesses in 2020, resilient people know they need to plan. 2021 will present a lot of new opportunities to those who can discern the playing field.

  • Continuous growth

People who thrive have an innate belief in themselves. They are neither overconfident nor are they insecure. Through the successful weathering of many other challenges, they have formed self-confidence, based on fact, that they use to carry them through the new challenge. They don’t stop there though, they look for opportunities in past and current challenges to learn, grow, and develop. Here are three ways one can foster continuous growth:

(1). Self-confidence

Have developed and draw upon self-confidence… as stated above.

(2). Seek to learn and develop

Seeking opportunities to learn, grow, and develop during or after challenge sets people who thrive apart from those who simply endure or struggle with the challenge.

Successful people are avid learners and learning can come in many forms. They understand that the gap between where they are and where they want to go can only be bridged by knowledge. Successful mindsets are cultivated via a constant drip-feed of relevant knowledge. It is not uncommon for most of them to subscribe to Amazon Kindle, Audiobooks, and other sources for continuous information

(3). Health

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today. People who thrive during challenges usually focus on achieving good mental and physical health well before challenging times.

Healthy habits, therapy, mental hardiness formed from challenging exercise (alongside the obvious physical strength and cardiovascular benefits), mobility, etc. help immensely during times of challenge. If you are sick, unhealthy, or weak, smaller challenges will feel larger and more difficult to endure. But if you haven’t kept up with your health, all is not lost. Every age group benefits from starting a modest exercise program. Every person can improve their mental outlook and resilience with fairly simple and easy to follow steps.

  • Health and fitness consciousness

There is a direct relationship between good health and a sound mind.  For instance, a link has been established between chronic depression and heart disease. If you are constantly depressed, your body will react accordingly.

High-achievers know this.  That’s why they work hard to stay fit and foster the right mental health. They understand the correlation between mental health and physical fitness.

Successful people know bad times don’t last forever.  That applies to the current COVID-19 lockdown. While the pandemic has stymied a lot of businesses in 2020, resilient people know they need to plan. 2021 will present a lot of new opportunities to those who can discern the playing field.

These simple tips can help anyone be more resilient and even thrive through life’s challenges. Enduring difficulty with poise, concentrating thought, and action on what helps, accepting what can’t be changed, and learning through the process can turn bad situations into development ‘opportunities’. Sometimes the development doesn’t happen immediately, however. It might take time, perspective, and understanding before the positive is revealed. Sometimes, you just need to do what you can to get through – without judgment or feeling like you aren’t living up to some idealistic ideal.


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