Resilience is defined by Psychology Today as ‘the quality that allows people to be knocked down by life… and to bounce back stronger than ever’.
How is it that some people seem to take life’s knocks with a pinch of salt, deal with them without missing a step and carry on, whilst others appear to constantly struggle with the smallest setbacks? The answer may lie in our capacity for resilience.
The Benefits of Resilience
The benefits of resilience are endless. Resilient people are better at managing stress, and they tend to be more confident. They are also better at handling difficult situations, which means that they are less likely to be anxious and depressed.
There is a lot of research on the benefits of resilience, but it’s not always easy to put into practice. One way to increase your resilience is through mindfulness meditation. This can help you stay calm in stressful situations and make it easier for you to deal with negative emotions as well as thoughts.
So how do we develop this kind of resilience?
The good news is that we can all learn how to become more resilient by focusing on a few key areas.
1. Know our ‘why’
A hugely powerful motivation, driver or purpose makes all the difference when it comes to our levels of resilience. If we truly believe in our goals and are striving to achieve them, even large setbacks can be overcome.
2. Watch your language
The way that you talk to yourself has a profound impact on your motivation, your self-belief, and the way that you perceive the world around you. Work on those affirmations and talk a positive, strong talk that encourages you to keep going.
3. Be kind to yourself
Yes, we all have setbacks, so stop beating yourself up over them. Would you talk to a friend or loved one in the way that you talk to yourself? Recognise a mistake and learn from it. Keep following the path – and give yourself a break!
4. Know your strengths
It really helps to know your own strengths so that you can be ready to leverage them at the right time. Work on self-reflection and stop being needlessly modest. If you see areas that need developing, then work on them!
5. Find your tribe
We all need to have friends, colleagues, supporters and loved ones that understand what we are working towards and who can encourage us in our quest. Find your tribe and make use of them. Similarly, be a supporter, confidant, and source of encouragement to others.
6. Take a mental break
The journey to a stretch end goal can be a tough one. So switch off now and again and allow yourself to have a proper break. Get away from your screen, have a break from work and do something that nourishes your soul and revives your spirit, especially if it allows you to get out in nature.
7. Celebrate how far you’ve come
It’s very easy to look at the things we have struggled to achieve or the mistakes that we’ve made. Celebrate every step forward that you have taken and every way that you have grown to date!
Developing a Personal Resilience Strategy
When we’re under stress, our reactions are shaped by our personality and the events that have happened to us. Developing a personal resilience strategy is crucial for managing your stress levels, so you can maintain a constant state of emotional stability.
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Sarah has personally overcome many of the challenges people face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming resilient leaders. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, Sarah is perfectly placed to coach and prepare you for being resilient in leadership roles.
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