Your habitual way of explaining bad events, your explanatory style, is more than just words you mouth when you fail. It is a habit of thought, learned in childhood & adolescence. It is the hallmark of whether you are an optimist or pessimist.
Dr. Martin Seligman, world distinguished psychologist and researcher on optimism and resilience, University of Pennsylvania
Adversity is on the rise! A poll of 20,000 people worldwide reveals that 98% predict a more difficult, changing, even chaotic future. Everyone faces accelerating change and increasing levels of adversity. We hear of wars, diseases, retrenchment, unemployment, social unrest, family breakups, and the list goes on. People are increasingly stretched. They deal with greater uncertainty and change than ever before. Many feel ill-equipped or suffer an unnecessary toll. Each day they live on the edge.
The key to success in such tumultuous times is not only being able to make desired change, but to sustain it in the face of adversity. The ultimate key to thriving on adversity is to build your resilience and it has to start even before adversity strikes you!
Many studies on resilience have established that it is the level of our resilience – the ability to persevere and adapt when things go awry – that determines our success at work, the happiness and longevity of our relationships, and the quality of our health. Indeed, more than any other factors, resilience is what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Contrary to popular belief, the secret to resilience lies in accurate thinking, not positive thinking. The tools and techniques in Resilience Mapping ™ teach you to evaluate the impact of your thinking on your emotions and behaviour. It is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you, that has the greatest effect on your lives.
The years of accumulated research on resilience indicates that the number-one roadblock to resilience is not genetics, not childhood experiences, not a lack of opportunity or wealth. The single most significant obstacle to tapping our inner strength lies with our cognitive style – our ways of looking at the world and interpreting events that every one of us develops from childhood.
Our cognitive styles may bias and colour our perspectives, leading us to develop patterns of behaviours that are often self defeating.
The good news is that resilience can be learned and can be increased. You can increase your resilience by understanding your cognitive styles and developing skills to circumvent them so that you can see the true causes of adversity and its effects on your life.
This workshop on Resilience Mapping™ will help you increase your resilience with proven techniques that are based on scientifically-validated research conducted by some of the world’s renowned psychologists & social scientists. Practicing the tools & techniques in Resilience Mapping™ will result in remarkable and immediate improvement in how you communicate, make decisions, and navigate the “rough waters” of life.