6 Pillars Of Resilience Model

What are The 6 Pillars Of Resilience?

The 6 Pillars of Resilience represent the key evidence-based qualities of creating powerful resilience. If you gathered the key research into stress management & coping, & asked thousands of people what they do to be more resilient, you’d come up with a similar model, because that’s what we’ve done.

The 6 Pillars is the backbone of our world-class resilience programmes which embody behaviour-change concepts & techniques including Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP), EQ (Emotional Intelligence) & Positive Psychology frameworks.

Others may use 5 Pillars models, where we use a 6 Pillars model. There’s no one definitive resilience framework, merely different perceptions of how best to understand & practice better stress-management.

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1. Satisfaction with Lifestyle

People who lead a satisfying & fulfilling life tend to cope better with stress & adversity. Finding what you love to do, what you’re good or natural doing & focusing on that will serve you well the rest of your life. 

Start with the right strategy, put yourself in an abundant flow of what serves you & you’ve the best chance of being fulfilled & resilient. We’re specialists in helping people, their teams & organisations find what they’re great at. It’s about recognising & making the right choices.

We help people crystallise & engage with their personal interests, natural abilities & goals.  People who enjoy & believe in what they do, tend to do better & are better able to manage periods of high pressure & change. They work to their strengths.

Research supports this & also shows that life satisfaction comes with ‘Flow’ moments.  Flow occurs when you take part in a challenging but enjoyable activity that becomes so absorbing that you lose sense of time e.g. singing, playing an instrument, skiing, painting or reading a great book.  The more flow moments you have in your days & weeks, the greater your satisfaction levels are likely to be.

Fulfilment also comes from maintaining good contact us to read more.

2. Supportive Relationships

The phrase ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ was coined for good reason. They’re’s now scientific evidence of how expressing emotions actually calms us. Also people with strong social networks, close family & friends tend to manage stress more effectively. Knowing there is someone we can openly share our experiences and feelings with is the most powerful support mechanism we can have. A sense of belonging comes with strong social networks and is important for emotional wellbeing.

Relationships are based in strong interpersonal skills, particularlycontact us to read more.

3. Physical Wellbeing

We hear it all the time & it’s true, our bodies work best when we eat well, sleep well, and do some exercise.  Looking after your body is vital, not only for maintaining good health but also for building resilience.  There’s plenty of evidence  showing that people who are physically healthy, cope much better with mental pressures & stress….

Physical exercise also encourages a healthy mental state. It helps take our focus from our mind to our bodies & can be a form of meditation which helps re-balance us as well as help us stay fit. Physical exercise can be a great way to switch off  ‘our stress’ & turn on ‘relaxation’. The key is understanding that stress resides in our bodies.  Our bodies can make our minds feel things & vice-versa.  When we feel relaxed in our body, we’re much less likely to feel anxious. One very powerful new way we’ve been exploring is …contact us to read more.

4. Solution-Focused Coping

When the going gets tough, resilient people tend to confront the issues head-on, using their head & the technical term for this is solution-focused coping. This form of coping includes things like making plans (setting goals), prioritising, … contact us to read more.

5. Emotion-Focused Coping

Managing emotions is a vital part of strong resilience.  During times of stress we are inevitably more prone to worry or feelings of anxiety & it’s important to manage these emotions proactively with some approaches more effective than others.  Resilient people tend to accept their problems fully so can deal with them, see the positive side of things (e.g. they find ways of learning from adversity) & find plenty of time for humour & relaxation (even during busy times).  Less helpful ways of managing emotions include, denying we have a problem, avoiding … contact us to read more.

6. Positive Beliefs

Last, but not least, are positive beliefs. In the US particularly, they have championed for some time the benefits of having a ‘positive mental attitude’ & for good reason. There are at least five attitudes or beliefs that are associated with resilience:

  • Optimism
  • Personal control
  • Commitment
  • Challenge
  • Self-belief (or self-efficacy)

Cultivating these beliefs helps build your resilience. Working on them regularly will make sure you’ll have them there for you when you need them most. To read more, be coached or trained in our 6 Pillars of Resilience contact us.


Six Pillars of Resilience Model – (C) 2010 Gimmack/Critchlow.
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Perennial. ISBN-13: 978-0-061339202.

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