If one word describes the wellness profession, it’s obstacle. Do any of these sound familiar?
-You know you contribute value to your organizations, but it doesn’t always seem as though you’re acknowledged or supported in the work you do.
-You may find yourself scraping by for resources, asked to show ROI and surrounded by people who just don’t “get it”.
-You set out to make a difference but are finding yourself not making the impact you want.
-The recent studies (and headlines) are shouting “wellness doesn’t work”, making it feel like the profession is under attack.
As wellness pros, we can keep trying the same things and expecting different results or we can treat these obstacles as opportunities for growth. This means managing our emotions, reframing our thinking and trying new approaches to ultimately making a bigger impact on the people we serve.
As Bob Rosen, Organizational Psychologist and Best Seller Author says, “The world is changing faster than our ability to adapt. Adapting quickly is the catalyst for high performance.” If we don’t adapt to the many obstacles we face, then we’ll be stuck operating on outdated thinking and flawed assumptions.
That’s why learning the skill of resilience is crucial to our success and long-term growth. Luckily, more than five decades of research point to the fact that resilience is built by attitudes, behaviors and social supports that can be adopted and cultivated by anyone.