Resilience 101 - Five Ways to Recharge Your Wellness Batteries

by Michelle Atlas, Certified Resiliency Facilitator

At age 13 my best friend and I, asked each other over and over, why many of our peers and family members who experienced hardships (related to work, health, relationships...) reacted with resentment, pessimism and a victim mindset. We observed that a rare few expected things to work out well, sought ways of problem-solving that would benefit everyone and became stronger, wiser and kinder versions of themselves, through adversity.

Resilience is a capacity.

Resilience includes a mindset, attitudes, skills and behavior that empower a person to tolerate ongoing change and stress without collapsing into dysfunctional behavior or automatic limiting beliefs.

Resilience is an inside job.

Resilient people and organizations navigate from an "internal locus of control ". They know that, although they may not be able to control external circumstances or events, they are ultimately, 100% responsible for their response.

Can Resilience Be Learned?

The great news is that both the emerging neuroscience and resiliency psychology confirm that we are all innately wired to be resilient and change proficient!

The most powerful teacher of resilience is the learning available to us, through the living experience of trial and error, risk, loss and reward.

Resilient people choose to learn valuable lessons through life's challenges, resulting in increased fulfillment and effectiveness in their well-being, relationships, work and creativity.

How Do We Begin Strengthening Resilience?

A plan for optimal well-being is a great place to start.

5 Ways to Recharge Your Wellness Batteries

  1. Gift yourself a new experience in place of a new possession.


  2. Catch up on reading, audiotapes or new learning that has been calling to you for some time. Visualize or brainstorm new personal or professional initiatives and intentions you wish to actualize this fall.


  3. Spend an entire day with absolutely no "doing" agenda. Allow yourself a break from " accomplishing" anything. (as one of the European characters in the movie Eat, Pray, Love proudly states, we "Are Masters of the Art of Doing Nothing."


  4. Spend quality time with people you care about with no agenda, other than to be together.


  5. Identify a practice to support your Well-being that can be embedded within your day (i.e. a 3 minute breathing practice, a short walk around the block or building, a quick call to a trusted friend)

Remember, although we cannot always influence external events, we are ultimately responsible for our response to them. By choosing this mindset, we catalyze our own growth and development and we create lives and workplaces that nurture our greatest potential!

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Michelle Atlas

Michelle Atlas, is an ICF Credentialed Coach, a Newfield Certified Coach and a Certified Resiliency Facilitator with over 20 years of experience helping people successfully navigate transition and stand in their value, so they can live lives that reflect what they care about most. With clients including the US Military, the Food & Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and many private individuals, she is recognized for her ability to help people strengthen their innate resilience and bring their heartfelt desires to fruition in the domains of work, relationships and money.

Warrior Resilience and Thriving in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Warrior Resilience and Thriving in Operation Iraqi Freedom:
Combining Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Resiliency and Positive Psychology

Overview of an article authored by Thomas A. Jarrett, MAJ, US Army

(First published online, May, 2013)*

Warrior Resilience and Thriving (WRT) and Warrior Family Resilience and Thriving were the U.S. Army's first combat Soldier and Family cognitive resiliency training classes based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). WRT, as a pilot program, was designed to enhance soldier and family resiliency, thriving and posttraumatic growth prior to, during and following combat deployments. WRT alloys REBT self-coaching, Army Warrior Ethos, Stoic, survivor and resiliency strategies to teach and promote advanced resiliency, emotional man- agement and critical thinking to soldiers and their families. This article will describe efforts initiated by the author, who served twice in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he developed WRT, as well as training he conducted for over 12,500 Warriors as the Prevention Team Leader for the 98th Combat Stress Control Detachment serving Baghdad. Risk Factors for Army Warriors and families and the advantages of existential and philosophically-based interventions like REBT are described along with a brief inventory of Army resiliency initiatives.

Again, resilience is proven to stand the test of time, vocation and identity. Warrior resiliency training is proving to be an effective tool that aligns military values and warrior ethos with current Army combat stress management or resiliency training programs. Warrior resiliency training has gained support by military leadership as a "character- and virtue-based counseling" program that aligns with the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

As an advocate for resilience, I identified with the warrior resiliency training program as a prevention program grounded in a positive psychology by "promoting resilience, thriving, and recognition of posttraumatic growth opportunities of the human spirit. Thereby, soldiers can "return with honor." A great publication.

* Read the complete article (pdf): "Warrior Resilience and Thriving (WRT): Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as a Resiliency and Thriving Foundation to Prepare Warriors and Their Families for Combat Deployment and Posttraumatic Growth in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2005-2009," by Thomas A. Jarrett. © Springer Science+Business Media, New York, 2013. Posted here with permission.

(Overview provided by Molly Siebert, Director, Al Siebert Resiliency Center)


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What in the heck is a Resilitator???

A "Resilitator™" is a mash-up of the words Resiliency and Facilitator. Certified Resiliency Trainers, or 'Resilitators,' have gone through a personalized training program to show their mastery of resiliency training based on the philosophy of Al Siebert. Learn how you can become a Resilitator!

The Al Siebert Resiliency Center is located in Portland, Oregon. Founded by the late Al Siebert, PhD, in 2006, our mission is to develop human resiliency around the world to master change, thrive under pressure and bounce back from setbacks.

Today, the ASRC is operated by Director Molly Siebert, Lead Resilitator Glen Fahs, Certified Resiliency Facilitator Michelle Atlas, and Al's niece and long-time assistant, Kristin Pintarich.

The Al Siebert Resiliency Center works in cooperation with Practical Psychology Press (also founded by the late Al Siebert), to offer resiliency workshops, materials and trainings.

Molly Siebert

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Molly and Al were married from March, 2003, until his death in June, 2009. Molly is a champion of Al's work and philosophy and is a huge proponent of keeping his important works on resiliency alive and and thriving. She first served as the Resiliency Center Marketing Director until she took over the reigns after Al's passing. Molly recieved a Bachelor degree in Health Information Technology Management which has served her well in the medical field. Review her profile on LinkedIn.

Glen Fahs, PhD, Lead Facilitator

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Glen was trained as a trainer/consultant in 1972. He spent eighteen years in Continuing Higher Education, starting at San Francisco State University. He has taught for twelve colleges and universities since 1975. Since 1987, he has been both an internal and external training, coach and organization development consultant. He has facilitated over 40 strategic planning retreats, spoken at many conferences, written many articles, and greatly expanded learning services wherever he worked. Glen has served on several local or regional boards such as ASTD, Oregon Ethics Commons (both as President), Al Siebert Resiliency Center, United Way, OODN and Habitat for Humanity (Sec., VP). He directed the State of Oregon's Charitable Fund Drive for years. Trained for Oregon Food Bank and Medical Teams International. Glen was also a personal friend of Al's and was hand-picked by Al to take over the role of Lead Facilitator.  Review his profile on LinkedIn.

Michelle Atlas, Resiliency Training Certification

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Michelle is an ICF Certified Coach, a Newfield Certified Coach, a Certified Resiliency Facilitator, and a Sacred Money Archetypes Certified Coach. With over 25 years of experience working with people navigating the complexities of transition, she empowers people to use change and challenge as opportunities to strengthen their innate resilience so they can become leaders in their own lives, businesses and workplaces. As adjunct faculty, Michelle facilitates Resilient Leadership seminars to a cross-section of federal government leaders, at the EMDC in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the WMDC in Denver, Colorado, and the and the FEI, in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as the FDA, DOI, and others. She also provides Resilient Leadership coaching and training for not-for-profit organizations, community colleges and large corporations. In addition to Michelle's work certifying others in the best-selling resiliency work of the late Al Siebert, PhD, for the international ASRC, she runs a thriving, private, transformational coaching practice. Michelle comes with a huge transformational toolbox to empower you to take tangible, life-changing action. Read her profile on LinkedIn. Learn more about Michelle at

Kristin Pintarich

Kristin Pintarich

Kristin is the youngest niece of Al Siebert and worked as his assistant for over fifteen years taking on any task of support Al may have needed, from processing book orders to designing web pages and most everything in between. In addition to her duties as consultant and ASRC board member, she continues to run the Practical Psychology Press, which Al founded in 1986. She has become an accomplished editor and web designer and prides herself in producing professional quality products. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in communications and specifically, TV production. Review her profile on LinkedIn. © Al Siebert Resiliency Center
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