A New View of Resilience

Every thing I read about resilience tells me how its most important quality is the ability to bounce back from tough stuff. That is definitely the traditional definition of the term but in my book, The Resilience Advantage and for other resilience thought leaders the idea of resilience is now expanding to focus on how we prepare for these challenges, navigate them in real time, and use those experiences for new learnings or how we “bounce forward.” As you begin...

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Holiday Cheer

We’ll be travelling this holiday season visiting family in the Motor City. Our bags will be packed with gifts and our hearts will be full of love as we celebrate our time together. While I am excited to connect with family and share greetings of the season, I am also aware of my wanting to take some time to decompress from my daily routine and use these 2 weeks for some fun, recreation and rejuvenation. Maybe that will translate to...

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Bouncing Forward

People usually laugh when I suggest that stress can be good for you. “Oh yeah, tell me more…Not” Stress has gotten such a bad name and we feel so powerless over it that all we want to do is avoid it. This is what creates our victimization mentality to stress situations. Research completed by Anthony Mancini and his colleagues indicated that even people subjected to even significant traumatic events might thrive given the right support. Their recently released research study...

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The Great Differentiator

With my book, The Resilience Advantage due to be released in early 2016, I wanted to begin sharing with you some of the ideas that I’ll be discussing in the book. Of course, as you know from these posts, my resilience work has focused on creating a new paradigm for how we view the stress in our lives. The “stress management” model, which is how we’ve been taught to address stress is inherently flawed since, as a biological imperative there...

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Follow-up Your Holiday Gratitude

In a 2011 New York Times article, author John Tierney called Thanksgiving the most psychologically correct holiday. Not politically correct, but psychologically correct. His rationale is clearly related to gratitude. Gratitude is a pillar of personal resilience in that it helps us appreciate all we have to be grateful for in our lives. No doubt, last Thursday we all went around the Thanksgiving dinner table speaking about what it was we are grateful for in our lives. Hopefully nobody was...

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