How Do You View Change?

This week I want to share two pieces of information that differ from the articles I usually post. The first is a quote that I feel is very important in everyday life. The second is a way to measure resilience to adversity. Below you’ll find these and my thoughts on their implications.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed below are those of Mark Pew, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Preferred Medical.

Change the Ending

Mark’s Thoughts:
A strategy for life that will yield better results. The operative word here is “change“, sometimes harder to do than say but not doing it seals your fate. So many people live in the past. Or, more accurately, let their past affect their present. A past mistake, whether your fault or not, can compound it’s impact if it stays ever-present. People that want to thrive learn from those mistakes but leave them in the past so they can focus on the present to produce a better future (i.e. “change the ending”). What are you holding onto that is holding you back?

Adversity Quotient

The Adversity Quotient (AQ) Profile is an assessment used to determine an individual’s response to all types of adversity. It is often used as a way for employers to screen applicants, develop leaders and change the culture of their organization. But it just as easily be used by individuals to understand their resilience and develop ways to respond better. This report discusses many aspects of the assessment, including the normal responses, reliability and validity.

Mark’s Thoughts:
I recently ran across Adversity Quotient (AQ), created by Paul G. Stoltz, PhD in his 1997 book “Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities.” AQ is a key component to the company he founded, PEAK Learning. The simple definition of AQ is “your hardwired pattern of response to any and all forms of adversity.” In other words, an individual’s level of #resilience. I read thru a sample AQ test and most of the 20 scenarios have been real experiences in my life. I won’t tell you my score, but let’s just say I have some room for improvement. I’m guessing all of us do. The words I appreciate the most from the above is resiliencetenacityaccountabilityengagementefforthope and “willingness to persevere.” Guess what? All of those are completely within our control! If you want to “change the ending” then you – and I – need to embrace these attitudes.

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Until Next Week,