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Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards Paperback – April 17, 2015
About the Author
Author of the popular blog Leveraging Adversity on Psych Central, Claire Nana, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over twelve years of experience specializing in trauma, addictions, and posttraumatic growth. After surviving her own horrific ordeal—the murder of her father, incarceration of her mother, and later being accused of murdering her own father by her mother’s attorney—she chose to make the best of the life she had left. Since then, Nana has run thirty-nine marathons, three fifty-mile races, and nine one-hundred-mile races to honor her father. She has also written over fifteen continuing education courses for the Zur Institute and International Sports Science Association on the topics of therapy and running. And with the insight of positive psychology, she has helped numerous individuals and families realize that growth can result from trauma.
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Claire gives you far more than the outcome of the scientific research about the growth you can experience from a challenge (although you’ll be fascinated by the science). She provides a roadmap to navigate challenges in a way that eases your pain and allows you be present in the experience of “overcoming”. Claire teaches us that resilience is a skill which can be fine-tuned and adopted no matter what our circumstance. If I had ten thumbs, I’d put them all up! Get this book, read it, savor it.
My name is Vlad, I'm a wannabe ultrarunner and ultratriathlete, a full-time tax consultant and like you I've had some setbacks in my life. Some of them were rather superficial while others were more profound. But most importantly, I've learned a little bit from all these "negative" experiences. I've had my races, some of them longer, some of them lifechanging. All wonderful experiences.
But, hey, what's the link between all these and this great piece of information? Well, let's just say that in my case, this book came in a moment when it made me understand the HOW of my past actions of learning from "negative" events and, most importantly, it showed me the true meaning of such experiences. But I'm not going to spoil the pleasure of reading this book, you will see for yourself.
To conclude, in a "world" full of information when it becomes harder and harder to distinguish between fundamented information and just information, this book represents a concentrated source of information anyone can absorb and learn from. After you receive the information (which is derived from scientific studies by the way), maybe you don't have a clue about what to do with it or how to apply it. Maybe you hardened some of your already existing opinions or maybe some new ones have formed along the way. No worries, section 2 of this book teaches you how to apply the knowledge when you happen to face another setback. You just have to turn to this book when you need to.
All in all, I would absolutely recommend this book to any of you who want to experience the nice part (yes, there is one) in a "negative" experience."
In the language of nature, "the butterfly has found her wings":
“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared; he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.
Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What this man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing enzymes from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. ~author unknown”
Fly free Ms. Nana.