Resiliency is a nebulous concept, sometimes referred to as a skill and at other times as a quality, and still at other times as a reaction. I teach it as a defining quality about a person, group, unit, or company.
Imagine that you have a busy day planned for Thursday. On the calendar are three highly important meetings with make-or-break decision trees. While preparing for these your computer goes on the fritz. On the way to work you get a flat tire. As you walk into the office your supervisor throws an urgent project (for him/her) onto your plate to get done. One of the important meetings is pushed back an hour, taking away some of the prep-time you need for the next meeting. You left your phone charger at home, the company intranet is down (again), and so on.
Life throws curveballs at you, constantly. You can stand in the batter's box and complain to life that you aren't getting any fastballs down the middle of the plate, or you can learn to hit curveballs.
Resiliency is a quality where something returns to a previous state. David Allen refers to 'mind like water', where you throw a pebble or boulder into a lake and it reacts like a pebble or a boulder and returns to its earlier state. Throw a rock at a mirror and it breaks. It is not resilient.
There are things you can do to increase your ability to 'bounce back' during this day. You can have backup computers, ask a friend to borrow a phone charger, practice 'inbox zero'. What if you did or did not get enough sleep the night or week before? What if you did or did not eat breakfast? What if you do or do not have a cold or headache? What if you do or do not have a healthy relationship issue with someone? It is easy to see how many things can help or hinder this big day.
All of the things you do or don't do, you think and feel, have a cumulative effect on your bottom line resiliency. I've been exposed to Positive Psychology from a variety of sources. One of those sources was the Master Resiliency Trainer school at Ft Jackson.
The CSF2 Program (Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness) is a specific format of resiliency training geared for the Army. However, there are many ways to improve resiliency.
Here is a list of books that I recommend on matters of resiliency and psychology. It is a list at Amazon.com.
I have combined all of the references of books and videos that I've used into a MindMap.
The Wheels Of Life Over the past 33 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed, pulled and carried his disabled son, Rick, through more than 1,000 road races and triathlons, including 28 Boston Marathons. But as time bears down on them, how much longer can they keep it up?