Food for Thought: Resilience Is the Courage to Grow from Stress

By Wendy Wood


Resilience is the courage to grow from stress. But, how do we become more proficient at becoming more resilient?


Here are some ideas:

Resilience is: the building of our inner resources, and, the identification of reliable external resources.

Resilience is: self-confidence that supports fear-management.

Resilience is: the ability to stabilize after a de-stabilizing event.

Resilience is: becoming anti-fragile.

Resilience is: hardiness and “grit.”


What is the enemy of resilience?


The enemy of resilience is not fear. It is allowing fear to have power and control over our lives. Fear arises when threats are perceived to be greater than our resources.


How do we become more resilient?


We support our mindset in viewing failure and disappointment as feedback; we then “course correct” using this feedback as valuable information, and we then re-chart our course.


Being a resilient person means that we understand when we fall apart, we rebuild into a stronger version of ourselves, again and again.


Put poetically:

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.

The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.

To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it should look like complete destruction.”

— Cynthia Occelli



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