As a born and raised farm girl, I have long disdained exercise. After all, if I am going to sweat and get my heart rate up, can’t I at least complete a major task, like get the hay in? I am not a slouch when it comes to cleaning, lifting, or painting the walls. But, […]
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Why do we bother to volunteer? What’s the pay off? We ask lots of “what’s in it for me” questions in other areas of our life.
When I attended a presentation by leadership trainer and author, Joan McArthur-Blair, the room was packed. The audience members were primarily career counselors. McArthur-Blair is the co-author (along with Jeanie Cockell) of the book, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness. After McArthur-Blair’s presentation and reading the book, I […]
As a therapist, I witness people whose lives have fallen apart or have become unbearable to continue as is. I often hear the simple but dreadfully difficult question to answer, “Why?” People naturally long to create meaning from their emotional pain. Resilience is called upon when we face tough situations. We want to bounce back, […]
Many of us have moved from saying “Woe is me” to “WOW! I survived and I am even thriving.” We could ask ourselves, “Where did my resiliency develop? And if it did not develop in childhood, when did it develop?” If you do not identify yourself as resilient, you may not recognize your capacity to […]
Why do we love quotations? Because they are like nuggets of gold; pure thoughts that can improve our thinking, self-perception, and worldview. You will see I favor my mentor and researcher Dr. Al Siebert (1934-2009). He wrote The Survivor Personality and The Resiliency Advantage. Here some famous and powerful resilience quotes: Define Resilience “Resiliency is […]
Indeed, light heartedness and sense of humor is a basic resilience strengthening strategy.
Leaders know. Those who hire business coaches know. Big Brothers and Sisters know. They know our lives are influenced by other people and we can speed being and doing our best when we choose resilient and healthy role models. Yet, many of us give little thought to the idea of having role models. There is […]
An audience member wrote: “I would like to learn more about understanding what makes us the way we are.” Hmm, as in what makes us human or what makes us different than others? I wasn’t sure how to start my return email and, yet, I did. Here is my attempt: The Chicken or Egg Theory […]
The French playwrite, Moliere, said, “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
My last month has included a number of significant and insignificant ups and downs. They happen to me, to you and most of us. People say “the ups and downs of life.” Right? But let’s call them downs and UPs. That feels better to complete the cycle on a resilient uplift! Don’t you agree? There […]
To have resilience at work often takes a concerted effort. Resilience helps you manage typical workplace challenges such as: personality differences bullying micro-management being blamed poor leadership criticism demands on your time lack of childcare personal issues such as depression, anger, lack of stress management skills or illness. Here are 12 Ways to Build Your Resilience […]