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The following articles provide an introduction to understanding resilience and provide some insights into how to develop your own resilience and those you lead.

What is Resilience?

In a nutshell it is the ability to continue to operate, perform, survive and prosper, regardless of what goes on around you and to you. That isn’t to say you let things wash over you, or that you take the guise of a punch bag, it is about having the tools and techniques, coupled with the right attitude to enable you to cope with whatever life throws at you.

Read more...What is resilience - A Complex To Simple Approach

Do you feel lucky?

I’d like to ask you two questions:

1.       Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

2.       Do you feel lucky?

Let's look at your answer to question one first. Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? Or did you look at the question and think, “I’m neither, I’m a realist?” If you responded in this way I’d like you to consider a quote I came across some time ago which said “A realist is just a pessimist who likes to say I told you so!” Joking aside, as with most things in life it’s not as clear cut as are you an optimist or a pessimist. It’s actually a scale with realist residing somewhere in the middle. A resilient answer to the question would therefore be “I’m a realistic optimist!”

read more......Resilience - Do You Feel Lucky

Control the Controllables

This article explores the idea of being in control of your life, and starts by asking you to consider two questions:

1.       Have you ever ridden a roller-coaster?

2.       How did the experience feel? Try to remember the build-up (generally a two-hour queue!). What was it like to be strapped in? The slow click, click, click, as you were pulled to the top of the first incline. And finally that moment as you roll over the edge and plummet down the first drop.

Roller-coasters give us the ultimate feeling of lack-of-control. We relinquish all responsibility for what happens to us for a brief few minutes. It’s an exciting, and for many, a frightening, experience that taps into something deep within us.

read more......Control the Controllables

for recommended reading see our Amazon Resilience page at......Resources - Recommended Reading