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Resilience – A Vital Characteristic

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Boomers, Success Factors, Transition

I’m getting ready to pull all the information together to apply for my coaching certification from the International Coach Federation, including written reviews of coaching sessions, logs of the hours I’ve completed of paid and pro bono coaching, and all the classes I’ve taken from Coach U and other schools.  

As I think about the effort I have put in to moving into my encore career, I have been contemplating the concept of resilience, and what it really means to those of us going through life’s transitions.    

If you look back over the last 50+ years, until recently most of us have not been placed in positions where we have had to handle adversity in the United States.  We quite frequently are not prepared to face our problems with confidence, and therefore risk giving up and sliding into helplessness.

I don’t know about you, but I admire resilient people.  They seek out new and demanding encounters because those types of situations are where they learn the most.  They aren’t thrill seekers, living on adrenaline, but they aren’t shrinking violets either.  Resilient people see success in every outcome, whether it was a failure or highly successful.  They approach life with intention, making conscious choices in everything they do.  When they feel anxious and fearful, they know how to stop those fears from overwhelming them. 

When you think about it, you realize how much you have control over your ability to be resilient.  You can create profound changes in how you choose to handle setbacks and how enthusiastically you approach challenges.   In moments of chaos, resilience is one of the most vital characteristics you can bring to the table.  On top of it, it enables you to bring grace, humor and optimism into the space of your life.  Resilience makes you a survivor, and takes you even further into a life of abundance.

Evolving along the continuum of resilience takes time, as does all things worthwhile.  Developing real resilience requires work, and the ability to be a truth-teller.  It takes a great deal of energy and a strong state of willingness and commitment. 

I am inviting you to follow along as I continue my thoughts on resilience, limiting beliefs, and how we begin to create meaning in our lives. 

Meanwhile…. I recognize and celebrate that it has taken a great deal of resilience to complete the training and mentoring required to evolve into being a coach, and the development of my own business has had its ups and downs.  There have been days where I wondered if it was worth it.  I know I will be faced with additional challenges, and I will ask myself those questions over and over again.  It is by meeting these challenges head on, and developing the skills of resilience, that has made it one of the most exciting journeys of my life.

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2 Responses to “Resilience – A Vital Characteristic”
  1. I asked Jane Fonda (in 2005 when she was promoting her book) what the biggest piece of advice she could give someone would be, and you know what she said? “Resilience!” You’re in good company!

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