Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. But many psychologists have added to that definition. In a recent issue of Psychology Today they added this important quality:
Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.
So it’s not just about the ability to recover quickly, it’s really about the ability to come back even stronger.
Psychologists have identified factors that resilient people naturally have, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback.
But they also realize that these very same qualities can be developed in anyone.
These behaviors are not simply an inborn trait found in a select few individuals. According to many experts, resilience is actually quite common and people are very capable of learning the skills that it takes to become more resilient.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a distinguished professor at Harvard Business School wrote a recent blog: Surprises Are the NewNormal; Resilience Is the New Skill where she states:
Complacency, arrogance, and greed crowd out resilience. Humility and a noble purpose fuel it…
Resilience is manifested in actions — a new contribution, a small win, a goal that takes attention off of the past and creates excitement about the future.
We will never escape our difficulties, but knowing that we can become stronger because of them does create an exciting future.
And airing on most of our stations this week is also a most remarkable look at the past when we meet two of National Geographic’s great photographers Jodi Cobb and Frans Lanting. to discuss one of the most beautiful books: National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years from the famed Taschen Publishing.
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