Life is full of challenges, and leadership consultant Dr. Taryn Stejskal outlines strategies to overcome them. Drawing on extensive research and collaboration with Fortune 500 companies, Stejskal distills five findings about how to strengthen your resilience: embrace vulnerability; know when to persevere or pivot; create meaningful connections; practice gratitude and generosity; and take risks in pursuit of new possibilites. Stejskal tailors her advice for women, parents, leaders and organizations – though her advice can help everyone thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Resilience helps you overcome life’s challenges.
Resilience helps you deal with a world full of “challenge, change and complexity.” Resilient people choose to actively embrace difficulties – enhancing their lives rather than degrading them. Resilience already exists within you. Strengthen it through practicing vulnerability, persevering within limits, making authentic connections, being grateful and generous, and moving beyond your fears.
Push aside the victim mentality of asking, “Why is this happening to me?” and embrace the warrior mentality of saying, “Why is this happening for me?” Reframe challenges accordingly. Instead of avoiding challenges completely, invite them when they arise. Regard challenges as the comma in the middle of a sentence; they allow you to pause briefly before writing what comes next.
Create “reverse bucket lists.” Unlike traditional bucket lists that envision positive things you want to do, reverse bucket lists appreciate challenging experiences you’ve already lived through. Spend five minutes daily reflecting on how a significant challenge left a positive mark on ...