The 7 Factor Resilience Framework

Fig 3. 7 factor resilience framework


‘If you don’t know where you’re going you will probably end up somewhere else’

Normally, resilient people will have a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve in their lives, and will have written this down somewhere. They are likely to review the vision from time to time, particularly when events seek to divert effort away from achieving the vision. The vision itself might be blurred; it should not be time constrained, but it should be feasible to achieve.


‘As long as you’re going to think anyway, you may as well think big’

Resilient people with high levels of determination have the capacity to achieve things that those with low determination tend not to be able to do. Determination is essentially self driven, although can be triggered by a reaction to an event, and requires considerable focus on a goal, task or vision. People with high levels of determination also have high self-awareness -knowing yourself very well; high self-advocacy -being able to articulate your wishes effectively; and high self-efficacy -a belief in being able to achieve almost anything.


‘Achieving what you want in an interaction is a massive boost’

Interaction is about how we behave towards other people. The only person we control is ourself, and yet, to survive and achieve what we need to achieve, we need to control the reactions of others to our behaviours towards them so that they help us. This is known as reciprocity. To interact effectively with others we need to understand everything that is going on in an interaction, almost reading the other person’s mind so that we can adjust our behaviour to respond to how we think the other person is responding to us. We need to explore and respond to the other person’s self interest, as self – interest is our prime motivator, and feed that self-interest for the other person to reciprocate and feed us with our self-interest. If we manage all this we are in control, and by being in control we build our resilience.


‘If you always approach everyone with cheerful optimism, you will find that they simply have no choice but to respond in kind’

In order for us to survive and prosper we need to forge relationships. These are many and varied that include acquaintances, friends, lovers, all of whom have a different quality to them in relation to their strength, importance and power, and each appeal to a different aspect of our own need.

As we all act, it is important to include amongst our relationships those people with whom we have no need to act. Such relationships exist to enable us to recharge and go forward to act in the world.

Resilient people have relationships that provide the appropriate reinforcement and support at the time it is required. Resilient people never judge anyone else; they give of themselves to each relationship and reap the rewards of friendship.

Problem solving

Some people take no mental exercises apart from jumping to conclusions

Resilient people like to solve problems and rise to challenges, so long as they can resolve the problems and meet the challenges successfully. Problem solvers are more likely to embrace challenges than those who do not like problems, and have no talent for sorting out puzzles and challenges. Card games players are likely to be more interested in solving problems than others simply by virtue of their interest in thinking of the opponent and the moves that are being thought about. Problem solvers also like to delve into the causes of a problem as a means to seeking a solution.


If everything is under control you’re not going fast enough

People who are well organised are able to cope with the chaos of daily life better than those who do not pay attention to organising themselves, preferring to rely on memory and luck. Being organised allows individuals to know where they are if their day is disrupted by unforeseen events. Organised people plan their week and their day in ways that ensure they start work immediately, and reward completion of nasty tasks by next completing enjoyable ones. Resilient people know where they are, and can control their working environment by careful planning and implementation.

Self confidence

Ever notice that ‘what the hell’ is the right decision?

Self confidence is clearly apparent in resilient people. They need to ensure that self confidence doesn’t turn to arrogance as this will not be effective in interactions with others. On the other hand, self confidence, demonstrated in a subtle manner, is very attractive, and draws others to the self confident person, reinforcing their success with others and contributing significantly to their resilience.

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