What is Resilience?

Resilience is the human capacity to face, overcome, and be strengthened by, and even be transformed by experiences of adversity.

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be, it’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”
~ Virginia Satir

Yeah, but what what affects it?

Essentially Resilience can be encompassed in 3 core areas:

Brain ~ how you think, your flexibility and creativity, your approach to problem solving, how you learn and how you deal with ambiguity.

Body ~ how you behave and feel, your motivation, how you manage yourself and your emotional awareness.

Beyond ~ your empathy, how you connect and relate to others, activities you engage in, risks and actions you take, how you interact with others.

OK, so why is it important?

Resilience is being recognised as a key development area in today’s ever changing working environment.  A resilient workforce and resilient managers will rise up to challenges, deal with adversity and identify new opportunities.

Resilience is not magic; it is not found in some people and not in others.  Through understanding resilience anyone can develop and action plan to become more resilient.

Are you solutions focused or do you dwell on yesterdays mistakes?
Do you take risks or do you keep in your own comfort zone?
Do you talk to strangers or do you stick with people you know?

For every one of us there will be a series of small actions we can take to develop our resilience.  First we need to understand resilience and understand ourselves.  Then we can make the choice what we want to do.

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”
~Richard Bach

Alun uses an online Resilience diagnostic tool developed by Rachel Jackson of Changing Dialogues.