I am not a physicist nor biologist, but two words come to mind when I think of the challenges we all face in sustaining resilience over time: entropy and atrophy.
en·tro·py: ˈentrəpē/noun: lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder: synonyms: deterioration, degeneration, crumbling, decline, degradation, decomposition, breaking down, collapse
at·ro·phy: ˈatrəfē/verb: gradual decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect
Because of entropy and atrophy, resilience, like other human capacities, inevitably declines without attention, intention, and persistence.
That means that resilient people push back against entropy and atrophy by:
• Developing routines and habits consistent with their values and goals. Resilient people understand that if too many demands are placed on their willpower it will fatigue and become overwhelmed.
• Maintaining the discipline of doing difficult things, the things they would prefer not to do but know are important.
What do you do to remain resilient during challenging times?