Resilience



 “life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce”

In today crisis, our leadership team and organization need to be able to cope with stress and adversity. This ability called resilience; “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning. Resilience is that deep quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes

Resilience has multi-dimensional aspects (Wong, 2012) including:

Cognitive: How events are interpreted and how daily stressors and life circumstances are negotiated (coping)

Behavioral: Habits of persistence and endurance in face of obstacles and failures (behavioral practice and reinforcement)

Motivational: Clear sense of life purpose and commitment (will to live) 

Existential/spiritual: Sense of larger purpose and meaning of human life (meaning and life purpose)

Relational: Sense of social connectedness, engagement, and altruism 

Emotional: Ability to tolerate negative emotions and rejection and to maintain emotional confidence and hopefulness (emotion regulation, emotional intelligence)

Why Resilience Matters

All individuals will face some challenges to well-being and thriving throughout life; learning to work through these challenges is necessary for basic survival but also offers a powerful opportunity for enhancing growth and well-being.

Resilient people are more likely to:
•    meet the demands of their work and personal lives successfully
•    take action to deal with challenges, problems and setbacks
•    seek support and assistance when needed
•    know when to stop, rest and replenish inner resources
•    have a sense of independence, self-efficacy and self-worth
•    form and maintain positive, mutually-respectful relationships with others
•    have a sense of purpose and goals for the future

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