Moments of failure and seasons of stagnation are as inevitable as breathing and loving and dying. They will happen to all of us. Failure and struggle may happen even more often to the courageous. The greater the risk, the greater the fall if it doesn’t work out.
Despite this certainty, many of us are wired to push ourselves. We want to know our potential, but fulfilling that potential is never easy. The path is fraught with face plants, skinned knees, and tortuous setbacks. We live in the tension between moving forward and giving into the resistance. It’s a paradox: we’re wired to exploration but also tempted to remain complacent.
Resilience, or what positive psychologists have coined bouncing forward, takes a calm mindset and turns it into action. As it turns out, resilience is quite possibly the greatest skill we can learn.
This two-hour workshop will equip you with the strategies and tools to recognize, strengthen, and apply everyday resilience skills to a multitude of scenarios. You’ll also discover ways to build protective factors within yourself and others.
The ability to rebound after a setback is not a skill we either have or don’t have, and it doesn't require hardship to be cultivated. Each of us is wired for hard things, and each of us has the capacity to build up our own protective factors, including self-regulation, connection, mental and emotional agility, self-awareness, and optimism. These roots of resilience are grounding resources and daily practices that allow us to grow through challenges.
We can’t expect our lives to be free from hardships. In fact, we wouldn’t suggest even trying to avoid them. That is a task doomed to fail. We can expect, however, that it is wholly possible to learn and embed the skills of resilience into our lives so that when the ship sails off course we can course correct.