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Being More Resilient!

10th December 2013

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and take on new challenges.

When the going gets tough… some people manage to carry on, whereas others are almost overwhelmed. Some people are more resilient than others.

Resilience has become an essential in today’s workplace where everyone feels increasingly pressured to deal with constant change while getting more work done of higher quality, in new ways, with fewer people, in less time, with less budget.

In order to survive and thrive, today’s workers must learn how to cope with change, handle unexpected setbacks, and overcome emotionally draining adversities. Everyone is born with the potential to develop these abilities.

These 5 tips will help you become more resilient:

1. Positive self-image

Everything starts in the mind – the way we think has a big impact on what we do (or don’t). Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’ll probably be right!

Resilient people think well of themselves, believe in themselves and see themselves in a positive way. None of us are perfect or faultless, but we’re generally okay and aim to do our best – if we genuinely think that!

Let’s face it, we all encounter stressful situations all the time – that’s life. But the truth is, we somehow manage to resolve them or they simply disappear as the latest ‘new’ problem surfaces.

So keep in mind that no matter how large the problem you are facing seems right now, it isn’t insurmountable – believe in yourself and you will get through it – you have before and you will again!

2. Building and maintain relationships

Create a support “team”.

Studies have shown that resilient people tend to have strong social networks – family, friends and colleagues are a great source of emotional support when crises occur.

The first step to becoming more resilient is to surround yourself with people who will listen and be supportive without offering judgment. These people help you emotionally cope with difficult situations.

3. Be proactive

The holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, noticed that people in the camps who believed they had some measure of control over their circumstances were far more likely to survive than people who felt they were passive victims of circumstance.

Resilient people take responsibility and choose to take positive actions to change things. They choose to work on things rather than sitting back and letting things work on them.

4. Have goals

Having a sense of where you are going is important. Everyone needs a sense of direction in their life. Set some goals and most importantly, if you really do believe in them, take the actions to accomplish them.

By achieving something that you set out to do (however small it may be) you will fuel your inner motivation, your self-esteem and your mental toughness to keep going.

Glitches and setbacks are inevitable, but resilient people keep the destination in mind.

5. Be optimistic

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Resilient people maintain a hopeful outlook, expecting positive outcomes. They believe it’s no more realistic to expect the worst than it is to expect the best. It all boils down to the way you talk to yourself.

Optimists believe that their own actions result in positive things happening, that they are responsible for their own happiness, and that they can expect more good things to happen in the future.

Pessimists think the opposite way, however. They blame themselves for the bad things that happen in their lives and think that one mistake means more will inevitably come. Pessimists see positive events as flukes that are outside of their control – a lucky streak that probably won’t happen again.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty!