Learning resilience from nature.
Even a duck can drown, but it learns to stay afloat.
And so can YOU!
If you are stuck in a grind, struggling for consistency and a lack of clarity about the future or you want to develop so you are prepared for tough times, Stay Afloat is the perfect opportunity!
Ducks aren’t hatched waterproof.
They develop the waterproofing as they grow, so they can stay afloat.
Why not puppies?
I’ve always loved animals.
So, my pets ranged from cats and dogs, to chickens, hamsters and guinea pigs. Taking care of ducks only started when my neighbour’s children asked me to babysit their 2 newly-bought ducklings, so their dogs wouldn’t eat them.
As you can imagine, babysitting turned into a permanent job.
That is when I found out that ducks can’t swim until they grow up and develop the Preening Gland, which is a little sack of oil that helps them in staying afloat.
What can we learn from nature?
Based on this little story, and the astounding lesson that we learn from ducks, you will find a lot of connections with this one essential skill:
✔ The ability to bounce back
✔ Not letting challenging times bring you down
✔ Not letting the problems in life define who you are
We all have only 2 options in life: we either sink, or we swim.
You can paddle all you want, but at some point, you’ll either sink or you learn how to swim.
In order to be resilient, you need to have grit, tenacity, perseverance.
How does the StayAfloat! program help you develop your resilience?
StayAfloat! is based on research about nature and psychological studies on resilience.
We use 6 main concepts that, when put together, equip you with a model that you can use to swim through all tough times - whether at work or at home, in business or with family.
If they can’t swim, how come we see so many videos online with cute baby ducks paddling away after their mother?
The mother duck takes care of its ducklings' lifeline! It preens them with oil and monitors their exposure to water.
You and I also need this type of connection - from a helping hand once in a while, to being there for others.
The first module in our program will focus precisely on that:
How do you leverage your social capital, your network?
What does it mean to have a true connection with the people around you - the difference between building a relationship versus having a ton of business cards in your pocket?
Why and how should you reach out for support and to support others?
Remember what we talked about the ducks’ Preening Gland?
Well, once they have this little sack of oil, they start developing it.
Just like them, you also need to adapt to whatever the new situation you’re in brings.
In the second module of the program, you learn key concepts and tools to start developing new skills, a new mindset, new tools.
How do you invest in yourself?
What are the tools that are available and which ones suit you best?
Why and how to develop both professionally and personally?
What is a positive mindset and why do you need it?
How do you build your mental toughness?
Learning is an integral part of life - you do it both consciously and unconsciously, due to your instinctual need to survive, therefore adapt. But developing your capacity or new skills is not enough.
Just like the duck - which even though has the gland developed, it will sink if it does not apply the oil on its feathers every single day, you also need to get up and do the work - put what you learn into practice.
Even at this stage, there are tips, tricks and techniques that you will learn in the program:
How do you consistently develop new habits that will help you be more resilient?
Learn about consistency, knowing your strengths and how to take purposeful action - again and again!
Have you ever watched a duck in a pond?
They seem so cool, calm and collected above water, but underneath, it’s paddling its little feet off!
It takes more than grit to stay afloat - it involves tenacity and hard work!
So, in this module you learn:
How to set goals and create a plan - let’s talk about priorities, milestones and strategic thinking
How do you maintain your focus on what’s important?
Here’s a sad fact - not only baby ducks can drown, but adult ones too if they don’t have access to a healthy, clean environment.
We are not so different from them - if we don’t take care of ourselves and don’t have some balance, we can lose our capacity to stay afloat as well.
Research shows that 5-10% of adults exposed to traumatic events develop PTSD and related clinical problems, and it dissipates as time passes.
What about the events that affected us in the past few years - COVID-19, the civil unrest, elections to name a few - how do you swim through all of these?
Are you stuck or do you thrive through the choices you make?
What do you want this period of your life to be?
These and many more topics are explored in this module of the program.
We all know that when the weather gets cold up north, ducks have the instinct to fly south, where it’s warmer. They pay attention to surrounding indicators and take action based on that.
In the last module of our program, you will learn:
What is instinct and how should you follow yours?
Learn when it’s time to “Fly South” - what happens when you ignore your gut feeling?
Receive tools to assess your situation and discover (or rediscover) your purpose
Identify key indicators for change - how do you know you’re in a toxic environment at work or at home?
How do you prepare yourself for change?
Nature teaches us so many lessons!
StayAfloat! is an innovative approach to build your resilience and learn the know-how for navigating through tough times (and not only).
After taking this program, you will:
✔ Be better at taking purposeful action to increase your resilience
✔ Be better able to help others increase their resilience
✔ Be prepared to deal with uncertainty
✔ Be mindful of new realities and know what tools to use to cope with them
✔ Have professional survival skills
✔ Have new connections and a community that you can rely on
✔ Gain increased self-efficacy
✔ Know how to switch to a positive mindset
✔ Build new habits to help you stay afloat
StayAfloat! is FOR YOU if...
✔ You are self-driven and ready to redefine your purpose in life
✔ You struggle with work-life balance
✔ You are an industry leader who is under high stress
✔ You are a great performer who strives for perfection
✔ You understand the value of getting support throughout challenges
✔ You tried and failed at previous similar programs
NOT FOR YOU if...
✔ You are not ready for or not willing to change
✔ You’ve got your life figured out
✔ You are content with the way and where you are
✔ You don’t like or are not prepared to ask for help
✔ You don’t want to let people see the way you are, to be vulnerable
✔ You think you’ve already “arrived”
When do I start the program?Your journey starts on May 26th. Once you register for StayAfloat!, you are added to our platform and will receive access to the program on the day we launch it. This is an automatic process, so all you have to do is sign up on the platform, complete the purchase and stay tuned! You can add this date in your calendar, but don't worry! We will also keep in touch and let you know when to start exploring the resources.
Do I receive the whole program at once?StayAfloat is not only a program, but also a learning journey! That's why we will make each module available to you on a weekly basis. In this way, you can take the time to go through all the resources you receive, deepen your knowledge, polish each skill at a time and grow together with other fellow participants.
What happens if I can only attend certain weeks of the program?You will receive each module on a weekly basis, for a total of 6 weeks. If your schedule makes it difficult for you to follow the learning cycle we recommend, don't worry! You can go at your own pace. To benefit from the full range of tools that we offer and to maximize your learning journey, we recommend you stick to the 6-weeks plan, though.
Can I interact with other program participants?YES! We encourage you to get involved in our Facebook community - this group is exclusive to the StayAfloat! participants, so you can ask questions and interact with like-minded colleagues. If you haven't joined yet, go to our Facebook Group. We are excited to have you start your journey with us!
Who monitors the Facebook group if I have specific questions?Our team of dedicated trainers monitors the Facebook group daily, so we are prepared to answer your questions. In fact, we encourage you to post any questions and give your input to our other community members, so we can all grow together while learning from each other!
What happens after the 6 weeks are finished?You will still have access to the program, so you can (re)watch the sessions and sharpen your resilience. We make sure you have access to plenty of tools and resources, so take advantage of all these materials to better understand this concept and how to apply it in your life. Another important resource you will be able to access is reaching out to us with any questions - so, make the most out of your experience! Our team is here to help! And... don't forget to get involved in our Facebook Community! We add extra resources there and you have the possibility to interact with other participants.
How long will I have access to the program?The program is yours indefinitely! So you can take your time to (re)watch all the sessions and go through all the materials.
What is the WLP Cancellation and Refund policy?Although we fully trust the StayAfloat! process, there might be times when a client does not resonate with the content. In this case, we offer a full refund within the first week of the program. If you feel that you don't receive the value you expect, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org 7 days from the start date of the program, and we will sort it out for you.
Do I need any special software, tech or app to take the program?"All you need is a device (phone, laptop, tablet) and Internet connection. You can go through the program straight from your browser (including our live sessions), so no other tools are necessary!
StayAfloat! helps you:
✔ Gain new knowledge of your capacity for resilience
✔ Build a structure and receive tools to implement it strategically
✔ Achieve a clear focus & plan of action
✔ Receive productivity tools to help you work smarter, not harder
✔ Connect with fellow participants in the program; sharing knowledge and experience helps you develop more and faster