Musician. Educator. Explorer.
Here in the US, the 2019 – 2020 academic year has just started and I am reminded that something we all can passionately be striving for is developing our personal resilience as we encounter and interface with all of our dreams, goals and challenges. As our lives get busier and our commitments ramp up, it’s so easy to succumb to the anxiety and fear that wants to come in and take over! I know it’s something I have to always work on, and I definitely see it as a challenge that my students battle all the time.
We set goals, get excited, and then inevitably little things get in our path and just get in the way of our progress. It’s like a river that gets a bit of junk in the way of its flow. These things can be big challenges like finances or significant events or changes in our lives. But, they also can be small things like one sentence someone says or something you look too closely at on social media. Whatever it is that impedes our rivers, we have to work on our flow to keep it going over the rocks or dirt that piles up. This is what it means to build resilience – empowering yourself to have the strength and tools to take the rocks and dirt out of your flow and to keep that water moving!
I have been studying resilience for a while now, and from my research I have been defining some of the things that are core elements of resilience and how to develop them. I will be blogging more about them in the coming months and am excited to share them with you! I also have a workshop/talk called “FORTE Yourself” that I love to give to students and communities who want to explore developing resilience – let me know if you want to hear more about this!
The first tool we will look at developing is OPTIMISM so stay tuned for that! I am excited to share with you ways to develop your optimism and maximize it for yourself!
In the meantime if you would like to check out more here is a great New Yorker article by Maria Konnikova, the author of “The Confidence Game” and “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.” about defining and studying resilience. I think it’s a great time to be talking about this topic, and I hope you join the conversation!