Many years ago, I found it necessary to expand the definition of resilience. Decades of working with children and adults with anxiety, has reinforced the necessity to challenge common conceptions, or misconceptions, particularly in relation to resilience!
Resilience is not complicated, it’s simply more than just the ability to bounce back from adversity.
A willingness to accept a new opportunity with confidence and enthusiasm requires resilience. In fact, a resilient person will see a challenge as an opportunity, a risk as a prospect and gamble as a venture …or adventure! Confidence is intrinsically linked to resilience. Without resilience you can’t have confidence, and without confidence you can’t have resilience!
Case in point is Stella (9yrs) who days ago, finished Friends for Life. During a family discussion after school this week, Stella shared her thoughts on her day, cleverly linking new skills learnt over the last 5 weeks.
“The Friends Program has made me think about why other people behave the way they do – and that a lot of negative behaviour comes from people not being confident. I can then change the way I think about other kids into green thoughts. And it makes me want to be a confident person”
I love working with children, they keep it simple and to the point!