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What is Mental Resilience?

People with Mental Resilience have a resilient and positive mindset. This mindset is strengthened by positive social and professional relationships, and brought to life by being engaged and aligned with meaningful goals.

By developing Mental Resilience teams and leaders at all levels become more focused, committed, agile and confident. They collaborate more effectively, bringing consistent professionalism, motivation and synergy to their work.

The 6C Mental Resilience framework lays out the key mental and social capacities needed by professionals.

Characteristics of people with Mental Resilience:

  1. They have Control. They are able to understand and manage their emotions, and are inclined to take action to solve problems and manage their circumstances. They understand the limits of their control, and practice self-care; at times stepping back or finding assistance when required.

  2. They have Commitment. They set goals and follow through with committed action to achieve their goals. They are unlikely to give up, and more likely to tap internal and external supports and resources to achieve their goals. They are agile, and understand when it is time to change a strategy or even change the goal itself.

  3. They have a capacity for Challenge. They utilize courage and growth mindset to embrace challenges, and see threats as opportunities for growth and learning. They carefully assess risks without being paralyzed by indecision, and recover quickly, learning from failures or setbacks that they encounter.
  4. They have Confidence. They trust in their own value and equality with others, and can more comfortably give and receive feedback, and assert or let go of their opinions, based on new information. They also trust in their own competence, trusting their abilities; including their ability to learn new skills by starting and learning as they go.
  5. They engage their Community. They understand that their strengths are reinforced, amplified, and given additional meaning through belonging to and engaging with their personal and professional communities. They cultivate positive and meaningful relationships in which they can seek and provide support and collaboration.
  6. The have a sense of Context. They have a broad perspective of their own life; of where they have been, of where they are now, and of where they intend to go in the future. With this self-knowledge and awareness they are able to effectively map their future in ways that align with their strengths, hopes and deeper sense of meaning and purpose.


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