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The 3 pillars of human resilience

If you are going through hell, keep going … This is one of Winston Churchill’s greatest witticisms and to some extent it may well be true. It is important however to bear in mind that it isn’t just about getting through challenging times, it is about the journey you choose to take through some of

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If you are going through hell, keep going …

This is one of Winston Churchill’s greatest witticisms and to some extent it may well be true. It is important however to bear in mind that it isn’t just about getting through challenging times, it is about the journey you choose to take through some of those experiences. Resilience is, after all, a great deal to do with your ability to recover well, not at any cost.

Too often, especially in the work environment, I observe people “toughing it out” sometimes to the detriment of their own physical and mental health. Reaching out for unhealthy coping mechanisms may well provide a quick fix in the short term, however for long-term well-being it is essential to establish a toolkit of healthy and sustainable coping mechanisms.

Whilst I researched my first book on resilience I had the privilege of interviewing people from all over the world, from lots of different backgrounds who were generous enough to share their personal stories with me. This taught me a great deal about resilience in addition to the wealth of scientific research around this fascinating subject.

Over the past year I have been examining the relevance of human resilience and how it applies to us all in the 21st century, against the backdrop of the fourth industrial revolution. As a result I have evolved a three-pillar model, which emphasises the importance of these three core behaviours:

1. Accountability

When you take responsibility for your own actions, you demonstrate accountability.

By being accountable you will feel more empowered, confident and in control when dealing with setbacks and adversity. It can be very liberating to acknowledge and understand that you can ultimately create options and choose your response to every situation.

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