What does resilience mean to you?
As a high-performing professional, you know that you need to be resilient.
But have you ever stopped and reflected on what resilience really means to you?
There seems to be an almost classic assumption that resilience is:
- Being tough when times are hard.
- Making adversity into your friend.
- Engaging in a regular cardio exercise, or
- Keep pushing yourself to go outside of your comfort zone over and over again.
While all of these have their place in the realm of resilience (this could be a topic for a whole other blog post), focusing on these alone will mislead you.
Recently, I talked to a few of my private mentoring clients, who happen to be high-performing professionals and executives. We were talking about resilience – and how important it is for their health, clarity of mind and sanity, the health of their relationships, etc.
I discussed with them resilience on 3 different planes (I talk about these in more detail in my book Awaken Your Inner Leader):
- Physiological (at the level of our nervous system).
- Emotional (deeply connected to the physiological level).
- Mental (intricately connected to the previous two planes).
The key is to practice at each of these levels, with the "nervous system level" being the foundation. Yet, it’s most often ignored.
Working only on a few aspects of your resilience may give you a temporary good feeling, but in the long term, it may not help you achieve resilience.
Additionally, the first plane of resilience (at the level of the nervous system) is often patterned differently in different people, so a customized approach is highly effective.
In my private sessions, I help clients to embody all of these levels until they are ready to carry the practice on their own.
The key point is that the PRACTICE doesn’t stop and cannot stop.
Because resilience is a practice.
So how do you practice resilience on a daily basis?