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The Five Levels of Resiliency

by Al Siebert, Ph.D., author of The Resiliency Advantage

Resilience is essential in today's world. In today's workplace everyone feels pressured to get more work done, of higher quality, with fewer people, in less time, with less budget. In our personal lives things are changing so rapidly everyone must learn how to be change proficient, cope with unexpected setbacks, and overcome unwanted adversities.

Resilience is the process of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences. Resilient people overcome adversity, bounce back from setbacks, and can thrive under extreme, on-going pressure without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. The most resilient people recover from traumatic experiences stronger, better, and wiser.

Everyone is born with the potential to develop these abilities. The five levels of resiliency are:

  1. Maintaining Your Emotional Stability, Health, and Well-Being
  2. Focus Outward: Good Problem Solving Skills
  3. Focus Inward: Strong Inner "Selfs"
  4. Well-Developed Resiliency Skills
  5. The Talent for Serendipity

The first level is essential to sustaining your health and your energy.

The second level focuses outward on the challenges that must be handled, it is based on research findings that problem-focused coping leads to resiliency better than emotion-focused coping.

The third level focuses inward on the roots of resiliency--strong self-esteem, self-confidence, and a positive self-concept.

The fourth level covers the attributes and skills found in highly resilient people.

The fifth level describes what is possible at the highest level of resiliency. It is the talent for serendipity--the ability to convert misfortune into good fortune.

When faced with adversity it is useful to remember that:


The Resiliency Center was founded by the late Al Siebert who studied highly resilient survivors for over fifty years. He authored the award-winning book The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure and Bounce Back From Setbacks (2006 Independent Publisher's Best Self-Help book), and best seller The Survivor Personality: Why Some People Are Stronger, Smarter, and More Skillful at Handling Life's Difficulties...and How You Can Be, Too.

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