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What's Spiritual Resilience?
What’s Spiritual Resilience?

Are you experiencing some heated situations in your business that matches the heat outside? If that’s the case, the blog for this week is about spiritual resilience, which can help you as a leader. This month, I’ve been talking about the four resilience domain model by Rollin McCraty

Your spiritual resilience is the ability to maintain a positive spirit even in the face of adversity. You can seek strength through a “higher” power, (regardless of your religious affiliation) in order to get through difficult situations. Then draw from your own set of beliefs, principles or values to overcome setbacks in your personal or business life.  

Do I need Spiritual Resilience as a Leader?

Being a strong leader indicates you practice ALL four aspects of resiliency (physical, emotional, spiritual and mental). Create a foundation of joy, hope, compassion, gratitude and trust to help you thrive as a leader that provides positive energy to others. “Spiritual resiliency is a daily activity that needs to be built by developing positive relationships and having a devotional center”, said Col. Mike Lembke, United States Forces-Iraq chaplain.

How to Build Emotional Resilience:

1. Develop a Positive Mindset:  

Practice thinking positively and be grateful for what you have now and the experiences you’ve been through.

2. Be Flexible

Flexibilty allows you to bend without breaking.  It helps you remain open, receptive, and adaptable as new situations unfold.

3. Trust and Let Go of Your Expectations:  

Trust yourself, let go of trying to control your life and allow it to simply unfold.

4. Respond vs. React:  

You cannot control other people; however, you can choose how you respond to them.

5. Ask for Help:  

Seek assistance from a positive support system in times of great challenge.

6. Develop a Sense of Lightheartedness 

Lightheartedness can lead to a life of ease and grace. Don’t take yourself too seriously. This will enable you to find more humor and joy at work and at home.

Spiritual resiliency is a key to satisfaction, fulfillment and being a more effective leader. Combine this asset with the other resiliency domains we’ve spent time with this month. You’ll see how the four domains work together to resiliency for you as a leader. How are YOU spiritually resilient? Submit your story to me! I look forward to hearing from you, and sharing your examples of spiritual resilience!

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