There’s a lot of noise these days about what being resilient actually means. Resilience is often associated with individuals, communities or groups coming together to manage the adversity of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami, or an unnatural disaster such as 9/11. Football teams who soak up pressure and go on to win are described as resilient. We also describe buildings and the economy as resilient. So, resilience is either really important to just about everything; or its real meaning, and its real importance, have been obscured by people using it to describe just about anything. Resilience is important, and it is much more than “super-coping” dressed up in tights and a cape. Resilient individuals are able to engage with adversity, persist in the face of significant odds, bounce back quicker than the average and learn from the experience. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that?
Resilience as a Buried Ability
In truth, we all have the ability to be resilient, but many of us are failing to activate this innate gift. Psychologist Ann Masten calls resilience “Ordinary Magic”. She means that resilience doesn’t require extraordinary skills or resources. Instead, most of us have the seemingly magical capacity not only to weather adversity, but to also to come through it richer for the experience. So if it’s so ordinary why don’t more of us activate our ability to be resilient not only in situations that tax us emotionally or psychologically, but also in our daily lives? Do we have to wait for tragedy to happen, or is there another way to activate everyday resilience? We believe there is. The ARQ™ is the first step you can take to identify what you need to do to activate a resilient work style and lifestyle.