We’ve all been there – knocked down by life, work, relationships, and everything in between. How do some people get back up more quickly than others? Why do some people conquer their fears while others are paralyzed by them?
Author and speaker Anne Grady, a communication and leadership consultant to top companies, has overcome trouble, trauma and adversity beyond what many of us will ever face. In her new book, “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience and Triumph,” Anne shares the winning formula that can help anyone transcend any challenge, personally and professionally: Courage + Resilience = Triumph.
“This formula has been my saving grace over the last decade”
Anne Grady has been called a “motivational maven.” Her humor, humility, honesty, and practical strategies for facing change make her a highly sought after speaker. Audiences come away knowing they are “strong enough” to overcome any difficulty after hearing her inspiring personal story. With a master’s degree in organization communication, Anne has studied and taught that emotional intelligence and proactive communication are the keys to personal and business success. She put those lessons to the test 10 years ago as a single mom launching her own consulting business while raising her son, Evan, who suffers from severe mental illness.
Anne has learned to dig deep within herself to find the strength se needed to move forward, instead of focusing on her fears and weaknesses. Caring for a child who was oppositional, defiant and violent, she had to learn to communicate proactively and strategically without reacting to his tantrums and rages. She learned she had to courageously take responsibility for her own thoughts, words and actions, even when it felt easier to “play the victim.”
“I began to realize that I wasn’t a victim, I was a volunteer,” she says in her acclaimed TEDx talk. “I could either let this define and defeat me, or keep moving.”
In 2014, Anne faced a series of devastating blows. A relaxing massage turned alarming when the therapist found a lump behind Anne’s right ear. She underwent an intricate six-hour surgery to remove a tumor that left her face partially (though thankfully, temporarily) paralyzed. Then, just before undergoing a second surgery on her eye and six weeks of radiation therapy, she fell down a flight of stairs and broke her foot in four places.
Anne teaches that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to work through the fear and discomfort we will all face at times. “Courage means you allow challenge and adversity to be a catalyst to help you grow strong enough.”
Anne shares with us how to develop your courage, while reducing your fears, and using gratitude to rewire our brains to increase ability to push through difficult times.