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Resilience Ready: The Leaders’s Guide to Thriving Through Unrelenting Crises

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What challenge or crisis are you facing right now? Better yet, beware! Your next pull-your-hair-out crisis is right around the corner. You don’t know what it will be. You don’t know when it will come. But, you know it’s coming. It doesn’t have to be a global pandemic or an economic crisis. Guaranteed, there will be yet another problem at work that catches you off guard. Or, a crisis in your personal life – health, family or financial issue – that you didn’t anticipate.

My question for you.. are you ready for it? How will you handle it? Will you get through the next challenge or crisis better than you did the last one?  Or will you again allow it to consume you emotionally and physically, practically shutting you down?

When will you get off this rollercoaster?

Based on my book, Resilience Ready: The Leader’s Guide to Thriving Through Unrelenting Crises, I created this new program: Resilience Ready: Stop Surviving & Begin Thriving to help you manage the chaos, reduce your stress, and discover the secrets to thriving, personally and professionally, rather than being so overwhelmed all the time.

In just 30 minutes, I’ll introduce you to…
– The Victim Warning and where you’re likely to get stuck.
– I’ll reveal how resilience is the secret to unleash you to a life of freedom from fear and victimhood to thriving.
– And, I introduce you to the path to becoming a resilience ready leader, prepared to guide your team through the day-to-day challenges and big, scary crises you face.

This is one of the most important steps you can take if you want to overcome your overwhelm, recover quickly and get faster results!

 

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The path to resilience is not a lonely road: partnerships matter

My spirits were lifted as I looked out my window and saw the birth of the first signs of spring. The clouds had cleared, and I could feel the warmth of the bright morning sun on my face. The trees were beginning to bud and daffodils were blooming. It seemed like the winter months would never end. But just because the calendar says spring, early spring can still feel cold and gloomy many days. And the daffodils seem to fade so quickly. When will there truly be warmer and brighter days ahead?

Every Day Can Be a Struggle

The effects of this pandemic and so many crises you go through in your life are of real concern. You feel like all this should be over by now. Like winter, the ‘safe at home’, masks and social distancing are just dragging out so long. As you try to push through and be resilient, it’s a real struggle. Maybe it’s taking forever to find another job. You’ve lost a friend or family member. Or, the pace of trying to take care of your family, yourself, and keep up with all the demands at work is overwhelming.

Times of challenge are not easy. You get over one mountain and here comes another. You’re discouraged. You feel like you’re just surviving and can’t imagine how you will get through the chaos in the darkest hours. You will have to go through the valley. There’s healing in that process. But, you don’t have to stay there.

You might question if resilience is a real thing. Or is it just a ‘buzz word’ that people are faking their way through? You might look at someone else and think ‘they’ve got it all together.’ Their life looks perfect on social media. You don’t really know what other people are going through.

Partnership… A Path to Resilience

Resilience is possible, but it’s not a switch that you just turn on. Resilience is strengthened from the challenges you go through. Finding resilience through the struggle takes intention, hope, faith and courage. But don’t try to do it alone. It takes partnership with others to get there.

Partnership, one of the five Resilience Ready Principles, is essential to being able to thrive again. You often feel embarrassed that you’re tired, stressed and can’t see a way out. There are people in your circle who care about you and are ready to help… your spouse, a sister or brother, parent, cousin, friend, colleague or pastor. Professional support is also accessible through your employer, health care provider or community agencies. Reaching out can begin with something as simple as, “Hey, I could use some help. Can we talk?”

If someone comes to you, first be empathetic and show you care. Sometimes a person just needs a listening ear. Hear what they have to say. Be careful not to minimize their struggle. Share a smile and a hug. You’re not asked to take on their burden. Determine what you are able to do to direct or connect them to the resources they need.

Be proactive in checking-in on family, friends and colleagues at work. If you’re a manager, make sure employees are aware of the resources available to them through your Employee Assistance Program. I’ve had a number of professionals share with me the pressure and stress they have experienced through the pandemic. Managers want to demonstrate concern about not only the work, but also a person’s overall wellbeing.

There’s Hope

As I think about the birth of spring and the possibilities for the future, I’m reminded of the song “There’s Hope” by India Arie: “There’s hope! It doesn’t cost a thing to smile. You don’t have to pay to laugh. You better thank God for that!”

You can find hope in even the simplest things in life. But those simple smiles and laughs with someone who cares at a time when you really need it can make all the difference in the world.