A new book explores how resilience strategies can help readers adapt to complex issues and change.
Life is filled with change, challenges, and stress that force people to adapt to new modes of living and situations. Some of these challenges can knock us down or set life back severely, but resilient people can take the blow and grow stronger from these experiences.
Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is the founder of the Resilience Leadership Institute and a global leader on the subject of resilience. In her new book, The 5 Practices Of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold, she shows that these practices of resilience can boost mental health and well-being—vulnerability, perseverance, connection, gratitude, generosity, and possibility.
Resilience, which she defines as “the ability to effectively address, challenge, change, and complexity in a manner that allows us to be enhanced by the experience,” is challenging, and not everyone succeeds. However, she argues that following the behaviors outlined in her book will allow readers to take an active role in facing new challenges.
A Short Excerpt
“I’ve learned that through resilience, it is in adversity that we discover our strengths, talents, and wisdom, either for the first time or we are reminded of their existence within us. Resilience is not about quickly recovering or avoiding challenge, it is about facing the challenge that comes our way and figuring out how to effectively deal with it for our ultimate growth and benefit. Rather than thinking about challenge from a victim mentality, as in ‘Why is this happening to me?” we get to adopt the mentality of a warrior and a learner and reframe the question to see what we can learn from it,” says Dr. Stejskal.