Surviving a crisis is not easy, but it often leads to transformation and lasting success.
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Elasticity. It's the word of the moment – possibly the word for the whole of 2020, after COVID 19 of course.
As we continue to try to restore the coronavirus sucker, we keep being reminded that we must be resilient. Although we have been physically (emotionally, professionally, and personally) knocked down by this planetary scourge (if you contracted the virus), we are urged to stand up again and get back into the game.
Yes, it's exhausting. But it's good advice as far as it goes. We have to dig deeper each time to stand up and fight this thing. But we can't stop there.
Psychology Today offers, "Resilience is about getting through pain and disappointment without it destroying your mind." But if we just "get through," we are missing a shipload of opportunity.
Challenge and crisis can fuel what Psychology Today defines as "post-traumatic growth". This is "a positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning". In non-scientific terms, this means transformation after trauma.
Related: 4 Steps to Building Your Team's Resilience
Why change spurs creativity
The good news is that higher-level transformation or functioning can manifest itself in a variety of ways, allowing for more creativity, new applications of transferable skills, greater appreciation for relationships and nature, and a sense of gratitude for what we have previously accepted .
Related: 9 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Creativity
When we experience post-traumatic growth, we have the opportunity to make life better or perhaps differently than before. Life changing challenges and changes that we have all experienced during these pandemic times make us see things differently and often change our perception of what is important. If we take this opportunity to clarify our values, needs, and desires based on this new reality, then we can next make decisions to achieve goals more precisely and purposefully by eliminating things that we thought were important before we left they realized they don't.
In addition, post-traumatic growth can help us define our personal brilliance – exactly what we bring to the table personally and professionally. When we are forced to find new ways to achieve goals, our thoughts move to our natural talents and abilities, further crystallize our strengths, and let us know when it is time to call for reinforcement, build our tribe, and be productive by working together to become.
Related: 11 Tips for Building Emotional Resilience
Yes, resilience is the key. But if we go further and encourage our own post-traumatic growth, we can also discover our brilliance – become "brilliantly resilient" and learn not only to survive but also to thrive.