What is resilience for you?
- Surviving? Dragging yourself through in order to get out the other end?
- Coping? Keeping it all together, somehow!!
- Bouncing Back. Grit and determination, you won’t let this thing beat you!
Is it all about digging in when you might feel stuck, so you can free yourself?
The Resilience Engine’s ten years of research shows that resilience is in fact, your capacity for change.
It takes in Surviving and Coping, Yes, Coping is a great place to be if you are coming from a place where you weren’t coping. Vive Coping!
It includes Bounce back. Yep, getting through the challenges of life, and coming out of the other side intact. Often people want to return to ‘normal’ but change has happened as a result of the Bounceback, and that return is to something altered. There is often a tail-effect of tiredness too in Bounceback, getting through those challenges takes it out of you, and lo and behold, you are knackered afterwards.
So Coping and Bounceback are great. But what if there was a way of being at higher resilience without that level of effort?
There is another level. Those with the highest level of resilience are really adaptable. They expect change, they like change, they respond well to change, they can say no to too much change in order to create capacity for the change that is important to them.
Highly resilient people react resiliently to any kind of situation – normal, boring, difficult, shocking. That means they remain resourceful, adaptable and energised, no matter the context. In the moment. They account for themselves and their needs, and the needs of others. And being able to do that anywhere, anytime, is the real joy of resilience: once you learn to be really resilient, you carry that learning with you, in all of your life. Work challenges, home life, relationships, health, death, birth. The whole gamut!
And that resilience means that you can bring any part of yourself, your resources and skills, your care, your love, your emotions, your power, at any time. As appropriate. The key is that your response is not one of being hijacked by the situation, but one of ease and of choice. Imagine!
And that is the ticket for creativity, and therefore for getting unstuck. Getting from stuck to unstuck: resilience is the key.
The outcomes of resilience are both wellbeing and success. Yes, both.
Who wouldn’t want that cake and to eat it at the same time? That is the new resilience way.
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Author: Jenny Campbell, CEO of The Resilience Engine