People who remain resilient and hardy during the pandemic are those who have developed the skills of resilience and hardiness. Hardy people are not the lucky ones; they’re the ones who make the decision to remain resilient and hardy. They’re the ones who have developed a plan for increasing their resilience and hardiness.
They’re the one who are putting their plan into action
Hardiness is an alloy of three character qualities, all of which can be learned, practiced and developed. Commitment. Challenge. Control.
The commitment aspect of hardiness grows out of a personal vision-mission statement. Commitment grows out of he belief that I have been put here for a reason, that fulfilling that vision-mission is of highest importance to me.
What is my life-purpose?
How do I fulfill my life-purpose?
Why does fulfilling my life-purpose matter?
As an example of how one person ‘s life demonstrated commitment, let’s imagine how JS Bach might have answered these questions.
What is my life-purpose.
I compose music. Lots of music. Over the course of my lifetime (65 years), I composed more than a thousand pieces of music. While I was in Leipzig, I composed, rehearsed, and conducted the musicians in playing a new piece of music that I wrote. I did that every Sunday.
How I fulfill my life purpose.
Many of my pieces were original compositions. Others were adaptations of some of my previous work. I myself was influenced by other composers such as Vivaldi and Pachebel
Why fulfilling my life-purpose matters.
As a person of faith, I am convinced that I cannot do otherwise. I write music because it is my calling. It is who I am. The music I write is for the glory of God alone. SDG. Soli Deo Gloria.
What does Commitment look like in your life?
Don’t be intimidated by someone of the stature of JS Bach. Each person – every person – has a purpose to fulfill in life.
You have a purpose to fulfill in your life.
Perhaps it’s in your occupation.
Perhaps it’s in your relationships at home, at work or in your community.
Perhaps it’s in your avocation and the things that are important to you.
Take time to think about these statements. Fill in the blanks for yourself; about who you are.
- What I do.
- How I do it.
- Why I do it.
Use a #2 pencil. Write. Erase. Cross-out. Edit. Re-write. Act. Reflect on what you did. Do it again tomorrow.
And the next day.
And the day after that.
You will remain resilient and hardy during the pandemic by developing the skill of commitment.
Contact me if you’d like to read my commitment statement