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Resilient Mindset: A Bridge to Wellbeing

February 1 @ 5:30 pm 9:00 pm

Resilient Mindset

A Bridge to Wellbeing

Persistent in the face of challenges. Standing Strong with a resilient mindset

Hilton Hotel

February 1, 2024 at 5:30 – 9 PM

850 ETB: Non-Members

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Resilient Mindset: A Bridge to Wellbeing

Life in 2023 as we know it has thrown punches, kicks, and stones at us – wave after wave of hardship. Unimaginable things occurred especially since the pandemic hit and the civil wars erupted- many things we would never imagine to become normal are now considered “NORMAL”. The main question here is “How are we all taking it?”. Some may feel helpless and give in by falling into the abyss but we see some thriving against all the odds. What makes them different? The answer to this is Resilient Mindset!

What is a Resilient mindset? Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is our ability to adapt when our plans fail and allows us to cope with what life throws at us. Resilience is our ability to view obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth.

Building a resilient mindset is a skill that can be practiced and through which we can build our inner strengths, and boost our confidence. So, what makes a person resilient?

The core characteristics of a person with a resilient mindset are:

  • Optimism
  • Emotional Awareness
  • The belief that failures are lessons
  • Adaptable
  • Awareness of stress triggers and intentional stress management habit
  • Practice Self-reflection
  • Incorporate exercise and self-care routines into their daily lives
  • Focus on what is in their control and ask for help
  • Practice detachment
  • Commitment to their life goals and spiritual beliefs

How can we build a resilient mindset?

Self-awareness plays a huge role when it comes to building a resilient mindset. When we are aware of our thoughts, we can practice interrupting negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. This practice leads us to the practice of cognitive restructuring through which we can eradicate negative beliefs rooted in our subconscious. This leads us to have a positive view of life and makes us productive, solution-oriented, and adaptive to change.

Resilience is a relatively easy skill to develop when we have supportive communities around us. When we have strong connections with the people around us and have a sense of belongingness, we become more resistant to stressful situations.

We can all agree that there needs to be a paradigm shift. One that starts from individuals spreading nationwide. Leaders of nations play a huge role in displaying resilience to create this shift and there are leaders in history who have shown the world how great things can be achieved through having a resilient mindset. We can each contribute to this paradigm shift by looking within ourselves and building resilient mindsets. Let us create a dialogue around this subject to understand how we can practice it and also become supportive and compassionate towards one another.

Talking Points

1. Are some people born to be more resilient than others? Is resilience trainable? What are the practices that are building blocks of a resilient mindset?
2. How does a resilient mindset affect our physical and mental well-being?
3. How can we embed a resilient mindset in our culture?
4. Give some examples of resilient leaders and their contributions.

Dr Elias on Resilient Mindset

Dr. Elias Gebru Aimeru (Asst. Prof.) is Psychiatry Specialist, Certified Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Globally Certified Mindfulness Coach, CEO of Aremimo Training Center. He has a love for literature and is a Best-Selling Author. He published five books in English and Amharic including his book “Armemo”.

Dr. Elias is also the founder of Aremimo Training Center, a fully equipped center with over 15 trainers involved in trainings related to mindfulness in personal & business life topics. He believes in the power of restructuring our subconscious mind for personal as well as collective transformation.

Hikmet Abdella, currently serves as the Director General of Accounting and Auditing Board of Ethiopia (AABE) since November 2019. Prior to that she was heading a private company involved in different sectors. She is also widely known as the first Country Head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), where she successfully established the National office. She currently serves as a Board member for the Ethiopian Red Cross, Capital Market Authority,  and the Center for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) which is an independent Ethiopia-based non-profit think tank.

Hikmet chairs the working group that is working on an ESG Code for Ethiopia along with IFC and has recently been appointed as the Chair and a member of the advisory Council to establish the Institute of Directors of Ethiopia under Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association. She is playing a pivotal role in the reform process of the accountancy profession in Ethiopia with a Vision to set up the Ethiopian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Heran Tadesse

Heran Tadesse was born in Addis Ababa in 1984, adopted to the Netherlands at age three, and repatriated to her beloved Motherland in 2010. She specialized in Nature Conservation, Tropical & Social Forestry. She is also a Triple Certified Yogini who uses Poetry as a tool to voice her personal story as a black woman, reintegrated adoptee, trauma survivor, healer & homeschooling mother of three children.

Heran reconnected to her birth family 22 years ago and worked in various capacities in Ethiopia ever since. She is a Co-founder of the Regina Family Center, a Breastfeeding Counsellor, early childhood educator, Yoga teacher, Meditation master, Environmental Consultant, Published Writer, Open Mic organizer, Influencer, and TV personality.

Aster Asfaw

Aster Asfaw is a certified Executive Leadership Coach, freelance trainer, and mentor known for her expertise in leadership, life skills, personal development, and child care. She served SOS Children’s Villages as an International Representative, overseeing operations across ten African countries. She also led this esteemed organization as a Country Director for approximately six years.

Her life’s mission revolves around selfless service, rooted in sharing and nurturing, with a paramount goal of empowering individuals to unlock their inherent potential and flourish in every facet of life. She seizes each opportunity for continual learning, unlearning, and relearning, steadfastly committed to both personal and professional growth.

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