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We all need a degree of resilience to help us in our careers – and indeed, our daily lives – as the difficulties of the past year have shown us!

Let’s face it, work can be a tough place at times. Whether we are dealing with unhappy customers, office politics or career path curveballs, things don’t – and won’t – always go in the way that we want them to. But that’s life. It’s how we respond to these changes that make the difference.

When we adopt an attitude of resilience, we remind ourselves that things will get better and that we can endure tough times. We remind ourselves that we are strong and capable and perhaps revisit our own core values and philosophies, recognising that much of what happens in our life is really out of our control.

We’ve talked similarly about developing a flexible mindset in our careers. Well, if we can combine that flexible approach with a mindset of resilience, we will be far better prepared to weather the downs and the ups alike.

The benefits of being resilient at work:

  • We show ourselves as being natural leaders, ready to support others during challenging or worrying times
  • We naturally feel more optimistic and ready to see what happens next – recognising that challenges often lead to interesting new opportunities
  • We become far better at bouncing back from setbacks and using positive behaviours to help us to cope – from exercise to positive social interactions with colleagues (a shared team coffee and a chat after news of redundancies for example).
  • We become happier overall; recognising that we can do this!

Born or learned?

The good news is that resilience is something we can all learn and cultivate. Yes, some people seem to have naturally resilient genes, but the likelihood is that they’ve already learned skills and strategies in their lives that allow them to build their resilient reserves.

To become more resilient, we need to work on our thoughts, actions and behaviours – and anyone can do this. So, what do we need to work on in order to become more resilient?

1. Develop your support system

Develop a good support system and recognise that we can’t do everything alone. Nothing feels better than sharing worries or stresses with a trusted friend, colleague, partner or family member. Build your network so that you always have people to turn to. Similarly, be the person that others can turn to when they face challenges.

2. Nurture your network

Once you have that positive network, nurture it. Be active, supportive and communicative – ‘paying it forward’ wherever possible.

3. Build your image

Work on your self-image so that you see yourself in a strong light, valuing and recognising your strengths, abilities and skills. Not sure what these are? Work with a coach to build your own image or speak to your network to find out what others recognise and value most in you.

4. Develop a positive attitude.

The ‘glass half full’ mentality will take you far, and remind you that surprisingly positive opportunities can emerge from the biggest challenges. Work on your gratitude journal, reframe your language and keep your ‘big picture’ goals close to hand.

5. Make realistic plans

When we make plans that are simply unrealistic, the likelihood of failing is high and we can easily become despondent. Learn to make plans that have the stretch element, whilst being realistic. Make sure your goals have a detailed plan behind them, using SMART measures so that your dreams become something tangible that you actually work towards.

6. Get help!

Keen to develop the skills that you need to grow your resilience? Please contact me today for an informal, no-obligation chat about how I can help you. With proven strategies and support, you can become the resilient individual that you strive to be – and reach your goals in the process.

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