It will come as no surprise to any of you when I say that “resilience” is something that is built over time.

In business, and in life, we can get caught in moments of “ugh” and “err” which causes us to lose the high frequency of energy we need to achieve resilience. In these moments, we need only summon the healing power and wisdom of Tess Alburn, a business and life coach who describes her Great Work as “midwifing” where she helps talented woman entrepreneurs get into their greatest ripple effect.

Tess understands that it can take a lot of time, energy, and effort to find your life’s greatest calling, but it shouldn’t come at the price of sacrificing your internal joy.

As we enter the holidays, Tess reminds us to focus on the gift of joy and hone in on creating it intentionally in the tenuous times.

Because without the ups and downs, our energy is free and available for us to connect with our Great Work not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually until our resilience has been built upon a foundation of pure joy.

It’s really easy to get caught up in the “but” around the holidays.

– I have a few days off, but…

– I’m excited to see my family, but…

– I’m looking forward to some time alone, but…

Instead of focusing on the “but” end of that statement, spend some time with the first part. 

Lean into your anticipation, opportunity and possibility. 

It really is a matter of choice.. making the choice– to focus on the positive side of things– will help you protect and rebuild your resilience.

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.