Psychologists, intrigued by people who experience stress and are able to deal with it in a positive way, have found that these people have a distinct attitude toward stress that they call "psychological resistance”.
There are three key factors to this resistance:
- Responsibility - you have to take responsibility for what is happening. You need to get involved, engaged, and be curious. When you take responsibility, you will find that people and situations will be much more meaningful to you.
- Control - you need to strive to influence what is going on - even if not all of your attempts lead to success, you can not let yourself sink into negativity and passivity.
- Challenge is an opportunity - you need to see challenges as an opportunity to learn from both positive and negative experiences.
Creating this "psychological resistance" is a challenge for many, such as managing priorities, but once they have made it possible to have a much more interesting personal and professional life.