Issue 04 / Exploring Joy, Reimagining Resilience
The Vocabulary of Joyful Resilience
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Reimagining Resilience starts with being inquisitive about The Words we use to define it.
Military-inspired terms pervade business and career jargon. Such a vocabulary normalizes the idea that it is ok—or even necessary—to endure pain and hardship in order to ensure the success of each 'operation' falling under our duty. Using this frame of reference, every mundane task sounds mission-critical and inevitably becomes connected to a 'greater goal' we feel compelled to serve — demanding superhuman dedication, grit, and toughness for prolonged periods of time.
ExperiencesIn The FieldDeployAlignExecuteHeadhunters
Lines of AttackLanded on an ideaCampaignsGroundworkWar Rooms
Kick-Ass ProductShoot ForLaser-SharpKiller IdeaAggressive Pricing
Rapid-fireDivide & ConquerMarching OrdersSales forceSacrifice
Chronic stress, emotional strain, and fatigue are NOT what our brains and bodies are designed to endure, and certainly not what we need to prosper physically, emotionally, or creatively. Our biology carries a fight or flight 'reptilian' response to protect us from life-or-death situations. When work conversations trigger such a response, tapping into our higher-level cognitive functions for empathetic and innovative thinking becomes more and more difficult.
We all deserve a new vocabulary of resilience. One where joy and creativity become our compass—guiding us out of the crisis we're experiencing and away from the toxic obligations that have compromised so much of our wellbeing.
Let's manifest this new reality one definition at a time—making room for novel behaviors, kinder intentions, and more mindful creative practices.