However, have you ever considered a resilience makeover? What do I mean by that? When I think of the word resilience, I think about the ability to bounce back from all that life throws at us. What’s a makeover? Well, have you ever had a makeover of a room in your home? It might involve hanging a beautiful new picture, or just simply rearranging your furniture. The purpose of any kind of makeover is to refresh and bring you a new sense of joy… A resilience makeover is similar to a makeover in one of the rooms of your home. The room is probably fairly functional as it is, but it could use some new life breathed into it! Typically a makeover doesn’t have to take much time or money but quickly changes the way you feel about that room.
The same could be true with a resilience makeover. We can redesign our lives the same way we redesign our homes. And, resilience is what I like to refer to as a life accessory. Just like great artwork or fun throw pillows are accessories in a room of your home, resilience is an accessory that makes life easier, more fulfilling, and joyful. And, I think we are all always on the search for anything that brings those things our way!
You may already feel that you are a pretty resilient person. Perhaps you have been through a tough health scare, the death of a loved one, issues surrounding your children, marriage, or job that have caused you to be tested and stretched. And, perhaps you have come through those very difficult situations, rising about the challenges to return back to normal again. That is the traditional definition of resilience. Webster defines resilience as the “ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. Think of someone you know who is really resilient, and my guess is that you will think of someone who has gracefully come through an experience that has been fairly life-changing.
I’ve always considered myself to be a resilient person. My friend Patrice once told me that she admires that I don’t get stuck in the muck. That was her way of saying that she feels that I don’t tend to allow life’s challenges to make me feel stuck for too long. However, after reading Bonnie St. James’ and Allen P. Haines’ book, Micro-Resilience, I came to realize that resilience is a muscle we can build every moment of every day, not just in times of life’s greatest challenges. In fact, the word “micro” refers to small changes, small shifts in our behavior. And, the book proposes that even very small changes can make a huge difference in one’s focus and energy throughout each day.
If you are like me, there are days that I just don’t feel that I am effectively focusing on the things I want to get done, or lack the energy to do all the things on that to do list. In fact, some days, I start out feeling motivated and then something happens that takes the wind out of my sails, and it’s challenging to get that ball rolling again. Sound familiar at all? The concept of micro-resilience addresses this exact issue.
Micro-resilience strategies are easy techniques that can assist you in recovering more quickly from the seemingly small challenges that inevitably come our way throughout each day. Daily small challenges may seem insignificant individually, like a dishwasher that breaks unexpectedly, or the frustration of sitting in traffic as you barely make your appointment on time. However these small things can add up over the day causing us to feel completely exhausted, asking ourselves, why am I so tired right now? It’s just a “normal” day today.
If this sounds familiar, you may find yourself ready to tackle a resilience makeover! On Wednesday, May 29th, I’ll be facilitating our Be Resilient event. I’ll be sharing several quick, practical science-based strategies which, when used, can immediately combat the daily energy drains that zap your energy and leave you feeling exhausted. We’ll discuss strategies to avoid mental exhaustion, and increase your brain’s effectiveness, including the use of laser focus rather than multitasking. We’ll talk about tips to combat worry and anxiety, and techniques for embracing more positivity. We’ll talk about ways to refuel and refresh your body for peak performance, and we’ll touch on renewing your spirit by tapping into your purpose and a state of “flow”, a concept made popular by author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his book entitled, Flow.
I have been trying out many of the 21 different strategies outlined in the book Micro-Resilience over this past year and can tell you confidently, that they are improving my ability to tap into a high level of energy and focus each day. Each day gives me new opportunities to fine tune my new approaches, and I have been enjoying the journey. I look forward to sharing more about these powerful strategies with you on Wednesday, May 29 so you might begin a resilience makeover of your own!
Today’s blog was written by WWR Partner Coach, Donna Kettell. Donna is a certified professional coach (CPC) and a master practitioner in energy leadership (ELI-MP). Her certifications were earned through The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).