CHAPTER 2

THE COURAGE TO BE DECISIVE AND TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates, and accomplish the mission. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of . . . power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established. . . . The execution of my duties will be swift . . . yet guided by the very principles I serve to defend. By wearing the Trident, I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life.

—Adapted from the U.S. Navy SEAL Ethos

Resilience is the ability to personally rebound from adversity. When we speak of having the courage to be decisive in the context of resilience, we really mean the ability to effectively narrow a myriad of options and make the difficult ...

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