Can you get resilience from a cup of coffee?

Why is it that some days you wake and feel ready to take on the world, and others you need a cup of coffee to even get out of first gear?

Many people think that resilience is the ability to “man up” or “dig deep”, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

When under pressure, people don’t rise to the occasion, they drop to their lowest level of training.

Resilience at its core is about knowing your self. It’s about understanding your limitations, your strengths, your weaknesses and being able to use them to do your best in any situation.

"Under Pressure, people don't rise to the occasion, they drop to the level of their training" - Navy Seals
“Under Pressure, people don’t rise to the occasion, they drop to the level of their training” – Navy Seals

Knowing your self takes time. It takes curiosity, willingness to learn and a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.

It’s about uncovering those areas of yourself that you didn’t know about. Those blind spots and shadows that limit your flexibility in a situation.

The US Navy Seals say “when under pressure, people don’t rise to the occasion, they drop to their lowest level of training.”

So resilience is about constantly training your self to be the best version of you.

Not when you’re feeling great, but when you’re tired, overwhelmed and ready to give up. When the world is against you and you just feel like giving up and curling up in a ball.

It’s a way of being that you can’t get from a cup of coffee. You can’t get it externallt because it comes from you.

Sometimes you just need someone to show you how.

Matt

Experienced business leader, mentor and coach, with fascinations for technology, psychology and ancient philosophies. A self-confessed techno hippy with a unique talent for bringing the best out in people.

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