The Three Secrets of Resilient People

My mum often reminds me of her favourite quote, especially if things aren’t going to plan or if I find myself moaning about things, which let’s face it we are all prone to do from time to time.  I think it’s official title is the serenity prayer, but it goes like this:


Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference’


I love the sentiment and it really helps me focus my energy in the right place, i.e. not moaning about things I can’t change, but actually spending time changing the things I can.


It’s interesting as I’ve been doing some work recently on the topic of resilience, which is becoming more and more important, not just from a work context but in life in general, and this quote really resonates in my mind when it comes to building resilience.


In fact whilst doing some research for a piece of work for a particular client I came across this video from Dr Lucy Hone, a resilient expert. I thought I’d give it a watch and find out what the ‘three secrets’ were and if they would be useful to me and my client.  However listening to Lucy’s story hit me at a much deeper level than simply ‘a piece of work’ and I found myself inspired by her honesty and her ability to genuinely practice what she believed.  She is a fantastic exponent of the ‘serenity prayer’ and whilst she doesn’t refer to it directly one of her ‘secrets’ is absolutely the same message.


Watching her talk about her life experience made me really think about my own levels of resilience and how her three strategies could help me.  Honestly it’s a very powerful video and I highly recommend watching it…







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