Resilience On A Rainy Monday

I can’t speak for you, but today seemed like the Monday-est Monday I have had in quite some time. After a beautiful few days, the sky was gray, rain was falling, and it was almost like the earth itself was mourning the end of the weekend. On top of that, things have been pretty busy here at Spire Labs and while we are all incredibly excited, my little case of the blues on this soggy Monday still got the best of me for a bit this morning.

However, on our morning phone call, our CEO, Jay Kelley, was encouraging our team to be resilient during this busy season. He also mentioned that the Navy SEALS list resilience as one of their most highly valued personality traits, and to keep this in mind as we are fighting to help people lead happier, healthier lives.

Being our resident culture guy, I wanted to do a little research on this theme of resilience and the ways I may be able to help our team bounce back when we (or today, when I) feel down. As you can see here, the Navy SEALS value resilience so much that it is described in the Navy SEALS Ethos:

“If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

I also found an incredible article written by Navy SEAL Eric Greitens specifically about resilience. The article outlines what resilience is, but also delves deeper into how you can develop resilience within yourself. However on this gloomy Monday, the thing that sticks with me the most is this statement:

“Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength — if we have the virtue of resilience.”

Even on the Monday-est Monday ever, don’t forget to bring your A-game. Bouncing back is key for survival, and success, in any environment.

What do you think? How will you show resilience this week?

Feel free to check out the full Eric Greitens article, here.