The terms, ‘shit happens’ is a great slang to describe the ‘existential reflection that life is full of capricious events’. How we individually deal with those events is the essence of resilience. Resilience development is a cornerstone of personal development, leadership and team coaching. With resilience when it all hits the fan we all have the opportunity to transform ‘shit happens’ into ‘shift happens’.
Resilience is the ability to withstand stress and overcome catastrophe. I often facilitate team building initiatives and during a debrief ask the participants who insight they have personally gained from the experience … resilience is often used, however not in its correct context. Resilience simply means bouncing back from hardship. Resilience isn’t about enjoying a charmed life free of challenges. Everyone goes through tough times; this is essential for resilience development. It’s not a mistake if painful events happen to us: that’s just how things are supposed to be. Our measure of resilience is how much and fast we bounce back from these struggles. Resilience is not something you either have or don’t have. It is something within each of us and involves our thoughts, behaviours and attitudes. Resilience is something we can improve upon and enhance, and a multifaceted approach to resilience development is essential.
Simple practices such as regular mindfulness that includes self-compassion enhances resilience. Through mindfulness and self-compassion, we can develop a shift from being caught up in the particulars of a ‘story’ of a moment we are experiencing with compassionate attention. Over time this practice allows for a shift in our neural pathways – a shift from our lower brain structures, reactivity and fear based emotional processing to our higher brain structures of abstract reasoning and executive function. It also strengthens a more regulated emotional processing.
‘Shit Happens’ is actually an opportunity. It is an opportunity to let all your habits of rumination and irritability come to the surface. It is an opportunity, each time, to practice engaging and strengthening your inner resources.
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