Karen Darrin

We are working with greater uncertainty, ambiguity and change than ever before. Resilience is about dealing effectively with – and making the most of – what we experience in everyday life. It is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and is essential for success no matter your position.

We all possess resilience to some degree, but some of us can draw on it more easily than others. What makes the difference?  Your abilities to understand why you feel the way you do and having strategies to deal with tough situations effectively.

Assess how resilient you are by taking this quiz by Mindtools:  Resilience Quiz

Especially relevant and insightful is Reivich and Shatté’s book, The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. The authors define resilience as a compilation of seven measurable factors that can be taught, learned and improved.

The Seven Factors1 are:

  1. Emotional regulation. The ability to stay calm under pressure, and be aware of emotions and be able to manage them.
  2. Impulse control. The ability to shut out distraction and restrain immediate reactions.
  3. Causal analysis. The ability to comprehensively and accurately identify the causes of a problem.
  4. Self-efficacy. The ability to convey ideas and solutions in an assured manner.
  5. Realistic optimism. The belief that things can change for the better is important, yet contrary to popular belief, resilience lies in accurate thinking – not positive thinking.
  6. Empathy. The ability to read and understand others.
  7. Reaching out. The ability to seek out new opportunities, challenges and relationships.

Anyone regardless of their age, gender, position or cultural background can strengthen their resilience skills. It is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us that has the greatest effect on the trajectory of our lives. Therefore, your ability to be resilient is truly the difference between surviving, striving, or thriving.

1 Source: The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté.

ACTION STEP:  Ready to improve your resilience skills? Let’s brainstorm your next steps: Free consult or email me at karen@karendarrin.com.

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