Personal Resilience Planning

Greetings readers!

If you want to get better at bouncing back from change or challenge, it is important to create your own personal resilience plan – a roadmap that will guide you from the place you currently inhabit to the place you would like to go. Before getting started you might want to follow these tips. The keys to insuring the effectiveness of the activities you choose revolve around finding activities that mesh with your preferences, values, and needs.

  1. Choose an area that you really want to work on: Think about things that you personally want to change, enhance and develop. For instance if you are impatient you may want to list that, or if you tend to be self-critical that may be something to look at in your journey toward resilience.
  2. Be picky: Tailor your choice of activity to your current lifestyle and be picky about when you work your plan. If you are burned out from working long hours, you may have trouble finding time during the day to complete an exercise that is time-demanding. Be picky about what works.
  3. Use your strengths and skills: People who base their person-activity fitness decision on his or her strengths and skills will be more likely to follow through on the intervention and experience success.
  4. Work the plan: Much like physical excersize you need to literally and metaphorically show up and work at your plan each day and each week. Even if you feel yourself slacking – actually especially if you feel yourself slacking – be sure to commit to the plan and you’ll see results.
  5. Have fun: One of the most important tips of all – have fun and don’t make this journey arduous and painful. I’m a major fan of fun. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has researched and written about “flow,” a mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an activity. When you choose an activity that looks like fun and you “throw” yourself into that activity, you will optimize your learning and performance.

We’ve created a planning document within the Resilience at Work Questionnaire (the RAW-Q) and it’s available now at!

So in that spirit – work your plan!


About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see or
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