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 […]
It is easy to feel grateful when you have health, wealth and leisure time. But having an attitude of gratitude in times of illness, financial struggle and distress is a different story. Here is a headline from December 2015: “The suicide rate in Alberta climbs 30% in the wake of mass oil-patch layoffs.” CBC News […]
Here are some light hearted ideas to ease internal tension.
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 […]
In some ways, all of us are resilient people. Yet, there are some people who prove obvious and high resiliency. You know! Those people who when you hear their story you ask, “How did they do it?” Examples of famous and highly resilient people include Nelson Mandela, The 14th Dala Lama, and Malala Yousafzai. Of course, there […]
My hubby, Les is a fan of the reality TV show, Survivor and I sometimes watch. The 2013 series had special interest for me because of the resilience demonstrated by the unlikely and successful contestant. The 2013 winner of Survivor was John Cochrane, now simply called Cochrane. When Cochrane previously competed in the show, he was perceived as a nerdy, socially […]
The concept of resilience is complex, yet simple. It is as simple as the metaphor of a rubber band. Rubber bands, like people, come in different sizes and are subjected to different challenges. They also have different thickness and abilities to stretch–shorter or longer. Stretch, Challenge and Heat I have had times when I snapped […]
When challenged or feeling stressed most of us have a tendency to react in a passive, aggressive or passive/aggressive manner.
Have you had days when you thought a sneeze would blow you over? You felt dis-stressed, depressed or plain worn out. I have had days from burnt toast to a family member crashing his car that exhausted me. I’ve asked myself, We can bounce back more easily when we have developed some everyday grit or resilience. The end result of building resilience is that we have increased strength, skills and adaptability to handle life’s pains, strains and challenges. We are able to bounce back.