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  • Writer's pictureAshleigh Raine-Botha

Opting for the Road Less Travelled

The content of this post closely aligns with the blog titled ‘Bouncing back with Resilience’. Opting for the road less travelled is in fact the mechanism that allows us to build resilience. This blog is inspired by a phenomenal book I read by M. Scott Peck – “The Road Less Travelled”. I urge you to go out and get yourself a copy if you haven’t already done so!

“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behaviour lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behaviour.” “In attempting to avoid the pain of responsibility, millions and even billions daily attempt to escape from freedom.” – M. Scott Peck

In order to avoid having to face a challenge or obstacle in life, many choose to rather work around the outskirts of the challenge and sometimes even avoid it completely. This avoidance may offer some short-term relief, however in the long run, the challenge may still be lingering and is likely to have increased in terms of severity. Such avoidance robs us of the opportunity for growth. Those who display courage and resilience on the other hand, choose to tackle a problem head on through problem solving and strategizing. Utilising relationships to help work through a problem and taking responsibility (albeit ‘painful’ in most instances), results in personal growth and increased resilience, each of which are the key ingredients for being able to overcome future challenges.

The next time life throws you a curve ball, think carefully about how you plan to take action – challenge yourself to opt for the road less travelled. 😉

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