Week One: Why is the Wrong Question
When it comes to resilience, why is often the wrong question – as in “why did this happen to me? — since it faces backward instead of forward. How is far more helpful when you are ready to move ahead. In this first lesson, we look at the human tendency to ruminate, over-analyze, lose ourselves in retrospection, and how to turn this mindset around.
Week Two: Leave Your Story Behind
Once you’ve done this about-face, the next step is to investigate who you are underneath the public, “authorized version” of your narrative. This is a gradual awakening, as you learn to survey your original nature, the part of you that has never changed, and will be with you until you die. This essential self gives you the strength to change, knowing there is nothing to lose.
Week Three: Adaptation is Genius
“Man is the animal that can adapt to anything,” wrote the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Our ability to learn, grow, shapeshift, and transform our lives through shifting circumstances, is a unique human genius that enables a person to see things anew. In this lesson, we explore obstacles to adaptation, and personal metamorphosis.
Week Four: The Landscape of Desire
Desire is the fuel of transformation, the energy source that activates the imagination, vitalizes everyday life, and teaches us about who we are. In Week Four, we investigate the range of our own desires – those we avoid, those we indulged, and those that seem out of reach. How can we use the energy of desire as force for growth and creative expansion?
Week Five: Think Like an Artist
The answer to that question is the focus of Lesson Five. When you think like an artist, you accept risk, intuition, and failure. You live with “beginners mind,” the ability to see life though fresh, unbiased eyes. Artists know that life is a mystery, and that it unfolds in miraculous ways when we put the ego aside and allow higher intelligence to instruct us.
Week Six: The Power of Choice
Beginners mind enables you to make clearer choices, and free yourself from fear. Choice leads to self-reliance and meaning, the end of victimization, and the start of a grown-up, intentional life. How and what you choose determines the quality of your existence, and in this lesson you’ll examine the power of choice and how it guides you on your path.
Week Seven: Boldness Matters
Once you’ve made a choice, it’s crucial to be bold, and dare to be faithful to yourself. In Week Seven, you’ll learn tools for strengthening courage, knowing when to push and when to pause, when to use will and when to surrender. Boldness means singularity of purpose, not being deceived by life’s ups and down, and “standing in” what you know without apology.
Week Eight: Building a Web
In this final lesson, you will write about interconnection, strengthening the web of good faith and support, and why we need to know ourselves – and be happy within – if we hope to thrive in these difficult times. “It is in each other’s shadow that we flourish,” according to Irish stateswoman, Mary Robinson. Knowing this is the secret to a happy life not dependent on where we find ourselves on Fortune’s Wheel.