Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that you emerge from it unscathed or even better for the experience. It means facing life’s difficulties and challenges with courage and patience; determined not to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people to rebound from misfortune, hardship and trauma.
Successful business people show this tenacity of spirit, a determination to embrace all that makes their life worth living, to follow their dreams, goals and passions, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Top tips for being resilient from home to workplace are:
Reflect – Take time to reflect on your vision and values. Get clear about what you want, where you can improve and what opportunity this difficulty or obstacle has given you. When you have a clear sense of identity and purpose, you are more resilient because you can hold fast to your vision of a better future.
Resourceful – Who can I ask for help? What book, website or organisation may have the information I need? Resilience is enhanced by having a supportive community, the relationships that allow you to lean on one another for support and guidance when you need it. Know that you have the capability to cope and overcome this hurdle.
Reinvent – There will always be times that you need to reinvent yourself or your business. That doesn’t mean changing everything. It may mean looking at what the current market or environment is looking for right now. Who are they looking for? What is it that you can be doing to get your message across in a way that is clearer, authentic and meaningful to them? Is there something you can be doing to represent a better version of you and your business? What needs to change to keep moving forward?
The Japanese proverb “fall seven times, stand up eight” is about being resilient. It has been said that in times of crisis people show their true character.
Anyone can be cooperative, patient, and understanding when things are going well and life is good. But it is the noble man or woman who can behave with grace and compassion and even kindness when times are the most challenging.