The Resilience Continuum: Still Standing

By: Pattie Vargas 3 years ago

I write quite a bit about the importance of developing resilience in our personal and professional lives. Lately I’ve been contemplating the “Resilience Continuum” – meaning, there are a lot of ways that resilience shows up in any given circumstance.

It’s very inspiring to hear of someone who, in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, managed to persevere and emerged victorious on the other side. The orchestra swells, the audience cheers, and we all experience that burst of pride we feel when an underdog wins.

We all love the rags-to-riches story of the entrepreneur who turned job loss into a new career and introduced the next, great product to the marketplace and retired at 42 to live a life of philanthropy and giving back.

Or the single mom who managed to raise well-adjusted, socially responsible, brilliant children in a neighborhood where the high school drop-out rate was off the charts and success was far from the norm.

These are all great stories and have their well-earned place on the Resilience Continuum.

But what about perseverance when nothing’s happening? When each day looks just like the last? When recruiters don’t call back, clients don’t respond to invoices, your latest business idea is looking like the worst thought you ever had and Heaven seems shut to your prayers? What does resilience look like when things are stagnant?

Our lives are multi-dimensional. While we’re hard at work, making a living, family members still get sick and die. Financial setbacks appear at the most inopportune times. Our children go through trials and disappointments that we’d give anything to save them from.

How does resilience show up then?

Sometimes it’s not in the big fanfare with the theme from Chariots of Fireunderscoring the day to day activities of our lives. It’s not always the big wins and the loud accolades of our peers. Sometimes it’s nothing more than just holding steady. Believing in the process, having faith for a better day, resting in the belief that you are in the right place whether it looks like it or not.

Sometimes resilience says, “Hey, I’m still standing.” Undefeated, undeterred, unbroken. Still standing.


Pattie Vargas, Principal and Founder, The Vargas Group, is a frequent conference speaker on the topics of change management, organizational development, personal resilience and issues facing women in the workplace. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, she provides seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals. Curious to know YOUR Resilience Factor?

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