11 factors to upgrade human performance
By Bradley Hook.
A changing world requires a fresh approach to resilience and wellbeing.
Life throws challenges to test us and presents opportunities for us to realise our true potential. Resilience sharpens and focuses our ability to bounce back, steer through adversity and exercise our talents in a meaningful way. Studies have shown that resilience can be learnt and practised by all of us.
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The Resilience Institute surveyed over 20,000 people to understand what drives resilience in individuals and groups across the world. 11 key factors were identified. These range from the obvious – focus, purpose, optimism, assertiveness and bounce – to the less expected – sleep quality, vitality, presence, decisiveness, values alignment and fulfilment.
A resilient person breaks down life’s challenges into achievable tasks, prepares biology and environment, then works with focus and determination. Things go wrong for them as for any of us, but they rely on their ability to bounce, recalibrate and recover.
They engage with their whole being: physical, emotional and cognitive, dynamically playing to their strengths and working to mitigate risk areas. Resilience Mastery examines each of the 11 key factors, weaving together inspiring stories from people who have achieved success in their fields.
The book suggests that, as a species, we are using outdated hardware in an upgraded environment. We’re easily swayed by groupthink and clever marketing. Food scientists have discovered bliss points that make manufactured food irresistible. Behavioural scientists and UX designers have discovered technology bliss points that addict us to devices. At the core of our nervous system lies a freeze, fight and flight response. None of these help us in a brave new world. To be effective and to reach our dreams we need presence, purpose, vitality and focus.
We need to upgrade the quality of the challenges we tackle so that we can align our actions with our values and purpose. We need to master skills that will enable us to live a life of vitality and, ultimately, reach our potential.