Thursday, January 21, 2010

Personal Resilience

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances." (Viktor Frankl)

Why does developing greater resilience matter? We are all under increasing amounts of pressure both at work and in our personal lives. As these mount we can either use them as a positive spur or we might find them building up to make us begin to feel stressed.

What is resilience? The American Psychological Association defines it this way. “Resilience is the ability to be successful, personally and professionally, in a highly- pressured, fast-paced and continuously changing environment”.

If you choose to become more resilient you will find that you can handle pressure differently and will feel much better and more empowered. You will have the attitudes and behaviours of resilient people: Confidence; focused and organised; adaptable; proactive; energetic.hological Association defines resilience as the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, trauma or tragedy.

A key element in building your personal resilience lies in your thinking! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you adjust your thinking to change your emotional reaction to create a more positive and affirming attitude. 
Give it a try! 
Dr. David Burns has a great primer to help you. The book is Feeling Good. Check it out.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Are You An Optimist or Pessimist?

Here are some things to think about. Take a look at these factors to determine if you tend to be an optimist of pessimist.

Elements of Pessimism
  • Promotes depression
  • Feels bad
  • Is self-fulfilling
  • Don’t face challenges
  • Reduces activity
  • Decreases persistence in adversity

Elements of Learned Optimism

• Increased engagement
• Increased meaning
• Increased positive emotion

Rules of Learned Optimism

• Challenge negative thoughts
• Play to your strengths
• Count your blessings
• Seek meaning from all experiences

How optimistic are you?

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