According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. It is right to say that in these troubled times, resilience is trending and, for any reason, it seems to be increasingly challenging. Resilience is the ability of the individual to deal with problems, adapt to change, overcome obstacles or resist the pressure of adverse situations – shock, stress, etc. – without entering a psychological, emotional or physical outbreak. It is the ability to find strategic solutions to face and overcome adversity. In organizations, resilience is about making decisions when one is faced with a context between the tension of the environment and the will to win. These decisions propitiate strategic forces in the person to face adversity.
Steven Petrow, writing for the Washington Post, reminds us that today’s concept of resilience is not the old-fashioned idea of being tough enough to bounce back after the bad stuff in life. Today’s resilience is about how we respond to experiences such as trauma, divorce, catastrophes of nature, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, bankruptcy, unemployment or a death of a family member or a friend. We can add to that, victims of terrorism or mass shootings, just to name a few incidents that we face on a daily basis.
One of the good news is that resilience is not a fixed trait, meaning it can be learned. You can develop resilience, setting and intention, finding a balance in life, being grateful for the things you have in life. It is very important, even on a bad day, to find something that will allow you to end it on a positive note, being confident that the following day is a new beginning.
People with resilience see their new circumstances as an opportunity to change, to move in a new direction. Tara Brach says that resilience grows when we become intentional about bringing our best to difficult life seasons.
Nowadays, the overwhelming number of tough situations found everywhere in the world, has desensitized us to the point where hardly anything seems shocking or repulsive anymore. Luckily, we don’t need superpowers or a cape to make a difference in the world and especially the world and the ones around us. To accomplish heroic acts, all we need is a willing mind and a willing heart. And resilience. Many of the courageous, and resilient people have all proven that an ordinary person can achieve extraordinary feats and make a difference in the lives of others. Not only the policemen or women, firefighters, teachers, or healthcare professionals. It’s everybody, including you and me.
That is why Resilience is also important in your workplace, and it is critical to professional growth. Within a corporate environment is very common that many things happen at the same time, whether something positive or negative. Companies usually require employees to be available and prepared for any difficulties that may arise. Here are some tips for developing Resiliency in your workplace:
1 – Try to understand the size of the problem
2 – Know how to separate the person from the things that he/she does
3 – Develop good relationships in the work environment.
4 – Focus on solutions, there will always be a problem to be solved.
5 – Learn to deal with your emotions and the feelings of others
6 – Be creative and innovative
7 – Learn to value your skills and competences
8 – Solve a small problem before it turns a big one
9 – Don’t be a feeder of problems, but a feeder of solutions
10- Try as much as possible to take the lead in situations: you need to be aware of everything that happens around you and in your company, always try to define your opinion about everything that happens and concerns you.
The characteristics of resilient professionals appear in times of complexity and change, not just in times of comfort, stability, or convenience. To be resilient is to be continually renewing and transforming yourself and helping the ones around you to do the same.
At your workplace, as well as in all aspects of your life, you must believe that things can change for the better. You should have a continuous investment in hope and a positive approach to all situations that may happen. The conviction in the capacity to control the destiny of your own life, even when the power of decision is out of your hands. Keep in mind that you are the leading actor in your life, not a supporting one.
Appreciate the ordinary because that is what makes life extraordinary and be ready for the different as this is what makes us grow!
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