Yesterday’s post examined the concept of AQ – the Adversity Quotient, a concept developed by Dr. Paul Stoltz which looks at our ability to endure hardship. We continue in today’s post by looking at CORE, four key components that help build our resilience skills.
C – Control: Do what extent can you control what happens next? We often speak about how hardship and challenges are presented to us that are out of our control. The circumstances of any given situation can create uncertainty, difficult feelings and a sense of weightiness that can threaten our resolve. When we focus on what we can control, it helps us to process the feelings that come from hardship; it also reinforces movement – an important element for growth.
O – Ownership: How likely are you to step up to do anything to improve the situation? This is the point where we either stay on the poor me cycle, or we decide that we can do what we can to improve the situation and learn from it.
R – Reach: How far will it reach into and affect everything else? What a great word and concept – reach. This encompasses the idea that our ability to handle challenges affects not only our present moments but also our future ones. It also reminds us that how we handle adversity reaches the people in our lives and how we can make a difference to them by overcoming adversity.
E – Endurance: How long will it take to get past this situation/adversity? The ability to stay the course will greatly affect our thoughts about endurance. Sometimes the challenges that we faced with, we can get past. Others, become integrated into our story.
CORE is a lovely reminder that adversity also brings elements of growth, a building of strength, and courage to endure. Challenges in life are inevitable; we can however, build for ourselves and our loved ones, a strong foundation upon which to rest.
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