Updated: Feb 2, 2019
Resilience is defined as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness” also know as “bouncebackability”.
In business - and in life in general - developing strong resilience is essential for growth and development. Inevitably, there will be times when things don’t go exactly to plan and it’s at these times that we sometimes face our hardest tests and we can experience our greatest triumphs.
We all have an innate level of resilience, although sometimes we don’t always recognise this.
Here are some ways to develop what we have and add to our toolkit.
Focus on your purpose
Each week consciously engage in activities that bring purpose and meaning to your life. Remember you and only you define what these activities are, focus some time and energy on these things that you can change / influence.
Develop your mindset
Although you cannot always control events you can control how you respond to them. Make a conscious effort to respond to challenges and set backs with confidence and grace and notice the difference that makes.
We all fail at some time or another, learn to deal with this. Take the time to process the learning, give yourself permission to recognise your growth and move on. When we fail it shows we are growing as we are doing things differently or taking risks to move forward.
Maintain productive lines of communication
Develop strong relationships and connections with others. Be mindful to develop those relationships from which you gather strength and where you can be a source of strength for others. This builds your confidence in yourself and those around you.
Cultivate a healthy lifestyle
‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’, when you feel physically, emotionally and mentally strong you are more likely to be your best self. Make time for exercise, get enough sleep and eat a healthy balanced diet.
Make time to celebrate
Acknowledge when you achieve success, and recognise that it is because of your resources and strengths. This will help you to ‘bounce back’ quicker and stronger when things do not go as planned as you have evidence of what you are capable of. Do not minimise or dismiss your own achievements, acknowledge, accept and celebrate!