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The Three G's of Resilience

The Leader's 3-2-1: Three insights, Two Questions, One Statistic.


Topic: The Three G's of Resilience


As holidays and year-end approach, it’s normal to lose a little steam and experience end-of-year fatigue. The side effects of setbacks, challenges and failures can accumulate this time of year. Use this time to explore fresh resilience strategies: the daily attitudes and actions that keep you grounded, gritty and growing. The three G's of resilience in 3-2-1:

Three insights

Grounding. To stay grounded is to remain anchored to your own vision, values and inner voice. When calendars fill with end of year obligations or extras, it’s easy to lose a sense of groundedness and fall into people-pleasing, approval seeking and overworking. Daily, find 10 minute pockets of stillness to stay connected to self. Stillness = no screens, no notifications, no interruptions, no messages, no input. Grit. To stay gritty is to continue putting passions and skills in service despite despite setbacks, challenges and failures. This doesn't mean never stopping: maintaining mental toughness and perseverance is equal parts grit and quit.

  • To grit = staying the course and working hard when the easy, but wrong, thing would be to quit.

  • To quit = letting go of what's not working and moving on when the easy, but wrong, thing would be to grit.

Grab pen and paper: What should you stick to? What should you leave behind? Growth. To stay growth-oriented is to remain attuned to what you're learning, to what progress you've made and to what processes (not outcomes) are most meaningful to your end goal. A learning approach to your leadership practice sparks motivation, energy and confidence. Identify your growth with self-coaching:

  • What are you learning in this season?

  • What progress have you made or are you making?

  • What processes, routines and habits help you? Which hinder you?


Two Questions

What's hard work and what's not working? Learning the difference is essential to making decisions and setting boundaries that increase resilience energy. Resilience means we must continue in the face of resistance, but make sure it's the right resistance. How are challenges, setbacks and failures working for you rather than against you? Shift your mindset around the meaning you make of challenges, setbacks and failures. What do you have to gain from not succeeding at first try? What is fatigue teaching you? What challenges are making you stronger?

One Statistic

4 in 10 The resilient power of relationships: "Strong coworker relationships and support from colleagues both at and outside of work lend to higher levels of resilience among the workforce. Nearly four in ten full-time workers (39%) who have good relationships with their coworkers are considered to have high resilience, compared to just one in ten full-time workers (11%) with fair or poor coworkers relationships, a difference of 28 percentage points.” -Cigna Resilience Index: 2020 Report




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