Resilience – Learning From Mistakes and Adversity

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Anticipatory Resilience

My friend Natalie Bell came up with the phrase “anticipatory resilience” the other day.  I like it.  I think it’s an important practice, to rehearse being resilient in situations coming up that may be daunting, even potentially de-railing.  Asking a supervisor for a raise; preparing for an audit by the IRS; telling your brother and […]

Resilience Becomes a Mindset

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche Well, that’s one way of looking at it. And we can reluctantly acknowledge the truth of what the brilliant German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was saying so concisely: we learn to be strong and resilient from experience…and from learning from that experience. The learning […]

Realistic Optimism

I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving…the sound of people trying became the soundtrack of my life. – Michelle Obama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader extraordinaire, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, an inspiration to millions and to generations, was assassinated 50 years ago this spring. Today, […]

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Whenever I hear myself saying “I can’t do this!” I’ve made it a practice to immediately say, “but I am doing this.  I may not be doing it well.  I may not be finished doing it, but “I am doing it” shifts my entire mindset.  “I am doing it” shifts my attitude, my behaviors, and […]

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste


The Chinese written character for crisis is actually two characters: danger and opportunity.  Resilience is certainly coping effectively with any perceived danger or threat to our safety and well-being, bouncing back from struggles and setbacks.  It is also bouncing forward. (transforming bad breaks into breakthroughs, as my friend Michaela Haas says in the sub-title of […]

Find the Gift in the Mistake

1 of 13 Find the Gift in the Mistake

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. – Carl G. Jung Not every AFGO – another frickin’ growth opportunity – has a gift hidden within it, but most of them do.  We can learn lessons from coping with a potential trauma that we might not have learned otherwise. I’ve written of learning […]

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