You give a mediocre presentation to your board.

You didn’t show executive presence at your meeting with a qualified prospect.

You came up short in your conversation with an investor.

Or, on a personal front, you are faced with a serious illness and you can’t quite regroup; even after you’ve completed the regimen and you’re back to work.

What’s your ©Trampoline Index? Do you bounce back after that fledgling speech, or botched effort to win that new client or investor? Do you bounce back after a bad health situation?

Your “Trampoline Index” impacts your ability to be successful both professionally and personally.

Dr. Shelley Carson, an author and lecturer at Harvard University, suggests several ways to become more resilient.

  • Reframe: IF you reframe stress as a challenge rather than a threat then your body and mind respond in a positive (normal blood pressure) versus negative way (increased blood pressure).
  • Focus: Place your focus on your personal strengths, self-acceptance and gratitude.
  • Control: Figure out what is within your control to change and what is out of your control. Spend your energy on internal control vs. external control.
  • Emotional Regulation Skills: Your ability to tolerate frustration is in direct correlation to your experiences of success at solving challenges across time. An interesting side note – Dr. Carson suggests that kids need to be exposed to frustration and not have all their issues solved by parents.
  • Realistic Optimism: Your belief that success can happen; but, you own the responsibility of careful planning, persistence, and choosing best strategies to create the outcome(s) you want.*

As decision makers, you communicate more effectively if you have a high ©Trampoline Index.

* Heidi Grant, PhD, Harvard Business Review, hbr.org

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© Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog.

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