Written by Katrien Audenaert in February 2020
One of my coaches wrote the following testimonial after her resilience coaching journey:
“We look up with astonishment to those who seem to be always strong, treat adversities as opportunities, rise after falling and become even better than before. We ask ourselves how they do it, which superpower they possess that we do not seem to have.
During my coaching, I learned that it is not about superpower but about 100 small things that are in your area of control. It is not so much about always being strong but about staying true to yourself, always. It is not about keeping on smiling when things get rough but about using strategies to focus on what works well and use this as guidance. It is not about fear but about trust. It is about a strong mind in a healthy body. It is about being aware, recognizing alert signals and develop the strategies to respond to those signals, with new habits and lots of energy.”
This encaptures well what we mean with Resilience. At the Resilience Institute Europe, we define resilience as the ability to navigate the ups and downs of your life- with more ease and more success. It is not about being at the top at all times. It is about being flexible.
Resilience is a competence we can learn and cultivate. Resilience is the learned ability to demonstrate bounce, to grow through the challenges, to flourish and to build strong connections. It is about being totally human, mobilizing all of our resources – body, heart, mind, and spirit- for a positive impact on self, on others and on the environment.
So, resilience is not a suit of armor; Resilience provides a framework for navigating in a demanding world. A resilient person breaks down life’s challenges into achievable tasks and engages with his whole being, dynamically playing to his/her strengths and putting into practice the right habits to flourish.
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