Your likely Resilience Level is on the Whoosh
All Resilience Levels given are in relation to the Resilience Dynamic®.
Your resilience is high. Great! You may feel it go up and down sometimes depending on the context, but overall, you feel good.
You might feel totally yourself in some contexts like when you’re at home. But in others it’s not quite the same?
Or you might feel pretty good all the time, but just not completely at ease.
A person on the Whoosh is feeling pretty good because their resilience is pretty high. It may be they feel like that only in one or two areas of their life, and it doesn’t transfer so readily to a new context. But in the day to day, they’re in a good spot.
This is someone who is now beginning to align what they do much more to what they want to do. And they won’t get so hung up on things. And they’ll be catering for their own energy needs such as work-life balance, good sleep, and people around them that care for them. Their stress tipping point will be much further away. And they’ll be excellent at prioritising.
One of their key methods of protecting their resilience is saying ‘no’! ‘No’ to anything that will take them off-course, no to stuff that doesn’t matter. To do this, they’ll seek and maintain perspective.
Going up the ‘whoosh’ feels great you have enough capacity for doing many more of the things you want to do. You have sorted a lot of your relationships out. You perform well. And you are living in a more balanced and integrated way. The ‘Whoosh’ is another place of instability – it feels like a ‘whooosh!’ going up it, but also going down it! Getting to that very high level of resilience is another job, and it’s all about alignment.
Consider what you do day to day and how close it is to what is meaningful for you. And consider how much energy you spend on things that are meaningful, versus energy you spend on ‘must-do’s’.
Explore the top resilience enablers:
- Being Present – Slow down often. It enables you to be calm and feel grounded. In skill terms, it enables you to notice more, to widen your perspective, to listen to yourself and to others, and therefore really ‘see’ what is happening. It also allows you to connect with your vision of what you want in any situation.
- Energy – Energy and resilience are directly correlated. They are not the same thing, but they follow the same ups and downs. Explore all elements of your energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. For physical energy flex your exercise according to how you really feel; for emotional energy invest in one or two relationships that you have let go of; for mental energy practice mind-wandering and see how creative you can get; and finally for spiritual energy practice self-compassion.
- Learning – How you learn, not just what you learn. You have time not just to do-do-do, but to do-think-do-think. The real core to shifting way out to the higher levels of resilience resides in this core ability, to learn well. Still got stuff to learn in current context? Got a few triggers/hooks? Look at the truth of your reactions. Or bit stagnant? Step outside of your comfort zone. Do something zany!
- Purpose – This is about making the meaning in your life come alive day to day. It’s more than goals, it’s about enactment on the things you really care about. Purpose fosters the specific goals you have for yourself and your life, and these in turn, provide the direction of travel across your work and life. It can be really helpful for those experiencing a temporary blip in normally high resilience. By (re)connecting to your Purpose, you re-galvanise energy towards the important stuff of life that really matters Keep stretching goals towards your purpose. Is your purpose shifting?
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