The Parkland Survivors, Empowered Resilience and the Unintended Consequence of Hero-making

If I sat at this keyboard until the end of my days, I would never be able to as perfectly describe what I mean by empowered resilience as beautifully as the student survivors of Stoneman Douglas High School. They have embodied it with their words, tears, and deafening 6:20 minutes of silence. Hell, survivor Samantha …

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 8- Give It a Rest

Today's focus is specifically on resting and its positive impact on professional resiliency. Discipline, action, intensity, priority: those words do not usually invoke the word “rest.” And, yet, that is exactly what I am prescribing for both individual and organizational resilience. Any marathoner worth their running shoes understands the value of the Rest Day in …

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 3- Don’t Carry Around What is Not Yours

We all carry around a lot in life. On one end of the spectrum, there is the daily grind of work, family and personal responsibility. Those are the constant obligations that alone don't seem like much, but always seem to come bundled with 100 different other things we have to do. My boyfriend calls those …

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 1-Practice Optimism

I'm an optimistic person. Except when I'm not. Then I'm all "uuughhhh" and "Catastrophe!" Which is why the concept of "practicing" optimism felt hard--or at least not genuine. After all, the whole point of my practice toward authenticity is to NOT fake it 'til I make it. Yet practicing optimism continually comes up in the …