From Resilience to Life Assets
Taking action to bounce back to one’s usual functioning state is important. However, a person who is more purposeful about using growth oriented resilience practices and continuously learning from their ongoing experiences can advance from “bouncing back” to “bouncing forward”. This helps a person to improve substantially over time through increasing developmental stages.
“Assets” isn’t a common term to hear when talking mental wellness. Think of your degree or certificate from your post secondary education as an asset that you draw on when applying for jobs. Lung capacity is an asset that you draw on when walking or running. In the same way, having reliable access to emotional, cognitive and relational capabilities helps you demonstrate your potential for more challenging work, to develop better relationships, and to be a more compassionate citizen.
Committing to moving from resilience to assets requires more attention to self-discovery of deeper patterns and developing growth-oriented resilience where the object is to Since this process necessarily involves more attention to self-inquiry and self-exploration, it is not of interest to everyone.
Growth oriented resilience, or purposefully and continuously improving one’s skills, attitudes and knowledge aims to develop more effective ways for coping and even thriving in the face of greater ambiguity and stress. If a person takes the time to understand their own particular patterns and underlying assumptions, then they can call upon those strategies consciously and effectively under stressful conditions. This makes those understandings and skills an asset.