The Resilience Muscle

I remember watching my kids learning how to ride a bicycle. After my husband taught them how the process works, it still took several days of practice to get it down. There were a few falls and sudden swerves as they learned how to balance their weight on the bike. They also learned how to pedal and brake all while keeping the handlebars straight.  There is a lot that goes on in riding a bike but with practice, it becomes easy.  But before it becomes easy, it takes resilience to get up from a fall and try again. It takes perseverance to keep practicing in the face of fear. If you give up too soon, you’ll never master the skill of riding the bike. 

In life, there are many times we’ll be challenged to get off the bike and walk away. Curve balls come out of nowhere and throw our perfectly planned life to the curb. If we’re resilient, we don’t allow obstacles to keep us down. We learn how we can improve, what we can do differently or the valuable lesson of patience. 

What things have you given up because you weren’t resilient? 

What opportunities did you miss because you gave up too soon? 

What do you need to continue learning and practicing?

Pick up your bike and get to riding! 

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a weekly beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at 

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