Comparison can have a huge impact on the way we see our own status, what we seek as status and what makes us content with having enough. Watch as our director of performance and culture takes us through some of the considerations and risks of comparison when it comes to perceiving our status
Status Based Identity
How much of your identity comes from the way you are seeking status?
From the way you choose the pursuits or goals that you think are important, the way you see the world, the way you act and the outcomes that you get. Can all be influenced by the status based identity that you seek.
Status seeking, although a primal pursuit, could be having a significant negative impact on your mental health and causing unnecessary emotional pain.
Passion over Purpose
The subtle difference between investing your time in pursuits that you are passionate about, rather then trying to give your life meaning and purpose. Could provide significant positive benefits and improve your overall outcomes and life satisfaction.
Resilience amongst teenage boys has shown a steady decline over recent years, in parallel to this has been a sharp decrease in Testosterone amongst adolescent men. This short presentation explores some of the reasons why and what you can do to improve teenage resilience.
One of the toughest things to do after change has been imposed on us it to accept that change and then move forward under the new situation. Accepting this change though and letting go of everything that used to be and what we had yesterday is essential to start adapting, evolving and seeing the opportunities in our new situation. If we continue to try and hang onto our past, it only causes us mental anguish and emotional pain.
Ultimately after demonstrating resilience through periods of challenge or adversity, we want to experience positive adaptation and a degree of transformation. Which allows us to increase our capacity for pressure and develop better skills and strategies to improve our future performance.
Adaptation is the process in which we change ourselves to accommodate for future stress, hardship or adversity. Hans Selye's General Adaptation Syndrome demonstrates that after initial stress exposure, there is a brief period, relative to the intensity and duration of stress in which we experience a decrease in our readiness, or resilience. Followed by a return to baseline and brief period of overcompensation.
The process of recovery refers to situations in which our internal and external environmental systems were not adequate enough to resists disruption and our capacity to cope has been temporarily compromised. As a result, we have been forced into change within our internal function and require a period for recovery to allow us to return to our previous level of function. Watch for more....
Learn how to optimise your ability to resist against external pressure as our director of performance and culture explains what it takes to resist through a special forces selection course. Watch for more....
Hear how Persistence plays an integral role as one of the 5 processes of resilience. as our Director of Culture and Performance Optimisation discusses how persistence will help him cover 1000s mile during a foot race across the frozen Alaskan Wilderness.
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Our experience gives us familiarity with our environment, how to understand problems and what the solution looks like. If we can forecast what will happen there is no worrisome thoughts or fear of the unknown and a reduction in anxiety.
Motivation is an important driver in individual resilience. If something has importance or aligned with strong values, people are capable of tolerating extreme discomfort to achieve their desired outcome. If it's not important to them they will be unwilling to suffer even slight discomfort.
Strong leadership can influence a team to be highly resilient and negotiate uncertainty and crisis. Whilst poor leadership can weaken a teams resolve and destroy its cohesion. Understanding the factors influencing team resilience is important in developing or appointing the appropriate leaders.
We are inherently threat biased as part of evolutionary survival and there are a number of factors that increase our threat focus. Although this helps ensure we can survive throughout the day, it has a significant negative impact on our ability to accurately identify and process important information for opportunity and can influence us to avoidance behaviours and increase negative emotions.
Resilience is often just a measure of your cognitive fatigue and fluctuates throughout the day. Through understanding the optimal times during your day to confront difficult tasks and developing the right habits to optimise cognitive function. You can significantly increase your resilience purely through increasing your cognitive capacity for decisions and confronting challenge.
It's often easy to focus on how a situation could have been avoided, or even feel we are the victim of someone else's choices and avoid taking responsibility for our circumstances, but until we accept that a situation has happened we are burning high levels of cognitive energy and maintaining negative health markers on something we cant change. Once we accept our situation we can shift into a more positive cognitive and health state and utilise our resources on solving the problem.
Sleep is free and is a significant factor in your ability to be resilient and has a huge impact on your daily cognitive function, ability to accept difficult tasks, emotional regulation and learning. In this video, we discuss how it impacts you day to day and over the long term demonstrating the impact on daily circadian rhythm and the subsequent decrease in mental function and the avoidance behaviours that go with it.
Preparation or experience gives you the context to understand a problem, lowers anxiety through this understanding and allows you to see the right information, provides you with a suitable response and gives you a positive expectation. Avoiding early exposure or being underprepared will only result in failure when it matters most.