By: Fatima Saleh
What makes someone successful in the workplace? In modern workplaces characterized by staff cutbacks, deadlines, rivalry and organizational change, success relies on an individual’s capacity to cope and even thrive when faced with stress.
Broadly speaking, resilience is the ability to ‘bounce back’ when encountering the challenges that are an inevitable part of life. The workplace presents a different range of stressors to employees. What is resilience in the workplace? Why is it even important? Can individuals even become more resilient anyway?
The exciting thing about resilience is that it is a skill. Like any skill, with practice, resilience can be learned. Here are some ways resilience can be built to bring out the best version of you.
1. Don’t try to solve problems with the same thinking that created them.
Resilient people do not make the same mistake again and again. They’re willing to be honest about why they failed and they take the time to think about what didn’t work.
2. Master your emotions before they manage you.
Resilient people have a positive outlook. They remind themselves that much of what they’re facing is temporary, and that they’ve overcome setbacks before and can do it again. Resilient people focus on what they can learn from the experience.
3. Stay tough.
Resilient people face their fears and have an adaptive attitude that lets them focus on possibilities even in the worst of times. The tougher the situation, the tougher they become.
4. Keep growing.
Life does not get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient. Resilient people are constantly becoming braver and more courageous. They know that life is not what happens to us but what happens within us.
5. Stay prepared.
Resilient people work on solving a problem rather than let themselves become paralyzed by negativity. They keep planning for the future even when things aren’t working out.
6. Pick yourself up, as many times as it takes.
Resilient people understand that failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. They have the capacity to adapt successfully and the tenacity to never, ever quit.
7. Reward the small wins.
Resilient people believe in themselves. They work hard and take joy in the small wins that give them strength.
8. Keep giving.
Even in the toughest of times resilient people find a way to care for others, because sometimes being selfless is the best way to discover your own strength.
9. Build relationships.
Resilient people maintain strong and supportive relationships, both personal and professional. As a result, they have caring, supportive people around them in times of crisis.
10. Create your own meaning.
Resilient people search for meaning. They develop a “personal why” that helps them have a clear sense of purpose, which helps them view setbacks from a broader perspective.
To make it through the tough times takes resilience. It requires that we pay attention to the complexities of our own experiences, listen to our emotions, and be willing to learn from disappointment and failure as well as success and motivation.