Resilience And Balance Go Together Like . . .

Mar 03, 2023

“Resilience and balance go together like peanut butter and jelly!"

This came out of my mouth (unplanned) as I was facilitating a resilience workshop with a leadership team.

I had never made that analogy before, yet it is such a perfect, simple way to think about it.

I see resilience as your flexible ability to deal with the negative experiences you face.

Both the big, tough setbacks that happen in your life AND the small daily stressors.

Well, guess what?

It is WAY harder to navigate the setbacks and daily stressors when your tank is empty.

And when you are balanced, your tank is definitely NOT empty.

To be more resilient, you’re going to need to take better care of yourself and what matters to you.

To be more balanced, you’re going to need to get way better at navigating the ups and downs.

Especially those small, everyday stressors!

Resilience and balance – like peanut butter and jelly – just go better together (and overlap).

So, what does this look like?

Waking up in the morning and being able to let go of anxious thoughts about your day and to-do list.

Getting your kids out the door in the morning and you to work on time, while remaining calm and patient (especially when the kids are not so calm). 

Being present in a meeting even though your last conversation did NOT go well.

Feeling overwhelmed, but able to step out of it to focus on what matters most right now.

Leaving work on time and ignoring that unhelpful inner voice that says “you didn’t do enough”.

Complaining about a situation and then deciding to focus on what you can control.

Letting go of what’s outside of your control (freeing up a whole lot of mental energy).

Enjoying your personal time and not distracted by worries about tomorrow.

Paying attention to when you feel like you can’t do these things . . . because you’re likely exhausted and spread thin.

And figuring out what you need to fill your tank so you can better navigate it all.

Living your values even though others around you may do it a different way or tell you otherwise.

Resilience and balance are two areas I focus a lot of my work with clients in The Balanced Leader™ coaching program, workshops and speaking.

I had someone tell me once how they have nothing to do with each other.

To me, they have EVERYTHING to do with each other.

Just like a good ‘ol peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

All my best,

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Stacey L. Olson is a Leadership and Certified Positive Psychology Coach, has 15 years of corporate experience and has gone through her own transformational change from burning out to balanced in life while performing at a high level (both in her corporate career and own business). She works with professionals who want to work less, live more and be their best even with all the demands, high expectations and messiness of everyday life. Stacey is the founder of The Balanced Leader™ program and offers executive and leadership coaching, workshops, and speaking.