More than a new age catch phrase, becoming bulletproof is the ability to recover quickly from challenges. It goes beyond the black and white words of explaining how to become resilient.
Spoiler alert: none of us are immune to the slings and arrows of life, but with practice we can become bulletproof.
Think of a bulletproof vest. It does not stop the victim from being shot but eliminates or reduces the trauma inflicted. Being bulletproof isn’t necessarily stopping an act from happening but reducing the effects of the impact.
So, what are 10 steps you can take to become bulletproof?
1. Faith - Believing that everything will turn out ok or to some this may be a higher power. Having faith is essential when you are doubting your path.
2. Support - It takes a village, so bring in your crew or squad of BFFs. We all need someone to lean on from time to time.
3. Talk about it - Working out the details will help you diminish the fears you have brewing in your head. Talk it out and move forward.
4. Let those emotions out – It doesn’t matter where you are on the emotional scale. Let your emotions out. Tears contain stress hormones, as well as many toxins, and the act of crying releases endorphins.
5. Help others - Feeling down? Help someone else. Whether it’s volunteering or a simple gesture/word, helping another person can lift their spirits and make you feel better. The more we give, the more we receive.
6. Vision and goals - Setting goals, having a clear vision of where you want to go, and what you want to accomplish can get you through those tough days.
7. Embrace it - It has been said that we cannot out run our problems. It’s important to find a safe, supportive space where we can face our challenges, learn from them, and move forward.
8. Detect the icebergs – No, I’m not talking about the Titanic. Icebergs (or in this case – obstacles in life) are important to identify so you can work to avoid them or work around them.
9. Meditation/Prayer - Quiet your mind so you can get clarity around the issues at hand. This is great way to start and end your day.
10. Express your gratitude daily - It goes without saying WE ALL can find something to be grateful for - even if it’s small. Express your gratitude with your meditations and watch your world change.
Last but not least, if no one has told you today, you are loved, seen and are making a difference. be your Bad-ass self!!
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This article is by: Dean McMurray : www.deanmcmurray.com