Easier said than done.

With our ever-changing world, it was easy to come up with the theme of our next conference – resiliency – because we all need to learn how to roll with the punches and come out ahead at whatever curveballs life throws our way.

Resiliency isn’t something you are born with.  It is something you learn. It’s like a muscle you need to stretch and develop in order to cope.

I am sure we can all think of someone who amazes us with how strong she is after the loss of a child, a husband, a life-threatening illness. What is that inner strength that they draw on? Is it their faith?

Having other people who rely and count on you, can make you pull up your bootstraps. You have to be strong for them. When I interviewed Lisa Lisson, author of Resilience and our keynote speaker, she shared that when her husband died and she became a single mother with four young children, she knew that she had to be strong. “Children are like sponges and take their cues from the adults in their lives.”

When I was going through chemo and the usual cancer menu, people would comment on how brave I was, to which I would respond that we don’t know how strong we are until we are put to the test. Given the choices, most of us would choose to fight back and do everything in our power to get better. The alternative, as far as I was concerned, wasn’t an option.

So often we sweat about the small stuff in life. Lisa made an interesting observation that “worrying is a down payment on problems we may never have.” How true is that? All too often I have gotten myself bent out of shape over something, which in the scheme of things, doesn’t matter and isn’t important. Facing a serious problem sure gives you perspective.

At some time in our lives, we will all have to draw on resiliency. It is an important and vital skill we need to learn.

Just as treading water can save your life, at the conference on June 5 we are offering a taste of what you need to boost your resiliency toolkit.   From hearing first-hand Lisa’s inspiring story to learning how to develop your mental attitude or a plan B, to journaling and meditation. it will be an action-packed day.

Check it out – www.journey2success.ca

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.