Passion is a driving factor for people

Resilience factor 6: self-confidence and passion

The images that pop up when I think of this 6th Resilience Factor are images of people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis and my own father. All of you show (or showed) a strong and healthy self-confidence without any narcissistic traits, passion for your job / calling and your life as a whole and a focus on meaningfulness in the form of a personal inner mission.

It is precisely these three elements that make up the sixth resilience factor:

  1. Self-confidence
  2. Passion
  3. sense

The big question is how can you develop this? Isn't that something that either falls into your lap (or doesn't)? Over the past 35 years I have had the privilege of seeing many people during coaching who have really been able to develop these resilience factors.

Before we take a look at some exercise ideas, let's take a look at some of the benefits resilient people have in relation to these three elements.



  • Resilient people believe that they can make a meaningful contribution to their environment by doing their job well.
  • Resilient people believe in their own abilities and this makes it easier for them to gain the trust of others. This has a positive influence on their chances of good opportunities and success.
  • Resilient people rarely fall into the role of victims. You see yourself more as a developer and implementer of new possibilities.



  • Resilient people let passion be a driving force in their lives. They are constantly working to realize their passions. And in this way you experience your uniqueness and calling in this world.



  • Resilient people really believe that their life is meaningful and that they are able to make meaningful contributions to their environment. ”(Aaron Antonovsky)


Exercise ideas:

  1. Find out how you can make meaningful contributions to the success of your colleagues, your customers, and the organizations you work for. Being effective and being aware of this effect already gives a lot of meaning to one's work.
  2. Discover your own passion and dreams and start realizing them. Develop a strategic plan for the next three years and put in place a method of measuring how far you are growing in the direction of your dreams and passions.
  3. Take the time to share your dreams with someone you really trust. Explain to her why these dreams are important, how you will make them come true, and how you will seek help from others.

One last tip regarding this resilience factor: find people who have already developed this factor well and let them inspire you! You can even do this by reading their books or listening to their ideas (e.g. via audio books or Also, one truth remains: the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis have a powerful impact on you. So make sure you are surrounded by lots of positive and passionate people!


Book tip:
Prof. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl: "The human being faced with the question of meaning". In this excellent book he describes how he survived various concentration camps and at the same time did not lose sight of the meaning of life.

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