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The Impact of Resilience

Regardless of your how well you are doing at work, how your personal and professional relationships are going, and how much money you have, everyone benefits by increasing their resilience.

Think of resilience as a continuum. It is not an either-or trait. No matter where you are on the continuum today, you can always increase your ability to rise to challenges. Knowing that resilience is under your control is huge…especially when you realize how many things are not! This is where our self-talk, our internal chatter comes into play. We have to learn how to listen to our thoughts. They can steer us through the havoc that life often brings.

Are you having a rough time right now in a relationship, life in general, a career transition or are you facing health issues?

Try these two steps to begin to build your resilience by shifting your thinking style. Remember you control your thoughts, they don’t control you…unless you let them!!

1) Practice awareness. You can’t make a change unless you are aware of the issue. As soon as you recognize where your thoughts are, simply notice the thoughts. Are they productive thoughts or thoughts that take you down the rabbit’s hole? Are they calm thoughts or agitated? Just notice. You may have to do this many times, as I had to in order to create a new thinking pattern.

2) Next (and this is how I started shifting my thoughts to positive, healthy ones) picture a stop sign in your head and consciously shift the thought to a positive, healthy thought. The minute I was aware of a negative thought, I repeated the same process…building my resilience and a healthy way to manage my thoughts.

Susan Samakow, PCC, CPCC

America's Leading Resilience and Confidence Coach