If you enjoy watching sports, you probably want to root for a team that can routinely pull victory from the jaws of defeat. When you look at the captains or coaches of those teams who turn the meaning of success to another level, you’ll see that they all have one thing in common: the ability to remain calm in the face of adversity. As a cricket fan, I’ve seen this excellent quality in Indian captain M.S.Dhoni, who has won two World Cups.
So, what distinguished these experts?
These professionals have honed one of the most crucial characteristics of the human mind: resilience.
So, what exactly is “resilience”?
“Resilience means accepting your new reality, even if it isn’t as good as your previous one. You may fight it, screaming about what you’ve lost, or you can embrace it and try to piece something together that’s good.”
In a nutshell, mental resilience is the ability to psychologically or emotionally cope with a disaster.
Due to lockdown in various areas of the world, many of us are having difficulties in numerous facets of our lives. It has had a personal and professional impact on us. This unusual period will require us to be resilient in dealing with the crisis, devising solutions, and planning for a brighter future.
- Psychological well-being
- Internal drive
- Focus on the future
- Friendships, family, and professional relationships
- Physical well-being
Resilience is not a natural trait. The good news is that it is a collection of abilities and attitudes that can be learned.
Characteristics of a resilient person
- The ability to recognize obstacles
- Be dedicated to your objectives.
- Concentrate on what they have control over.
- They are not to blame
- Can you empathize with others?
- Keep an optimistic attitude
Resilience’s advantages in the workplace
Professionals can benefit from resilience in the following ways:
- Improve your problem-solving skills.
- Enhance communication intense situations.
- Establishing a competitive business
- Having reasonable expectations
- Improving inter-colleague connections
- Professional development and upskilling
- Time management and organization
- Willingness to offer and accept help
How Can You Boost Your Resilience?
Individuals must work on the following to develop resilience:
- Concentrate on pleasant thoughts.
Resilient people may assess an unfavorable situation realistically. Rather than becoming engulfed in a vortex of bad emotions, you might learn to see these experiences as opportunities to stretch yourself and gain new skills.
- Share your struggles and seek help.
Finding individuals, you can trust and confide in is critical for growing resilience. Discussing issues with others will help you come up with new ideas that can help you better handle the problems you’re facing. To be honest, I got the idea for this article during a conversation with my mentor regarding the challenges we are now facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to deal with them.
- Concentrate on what you have control over.
Many times, we wish that there was a way to change things back in time. It’s critical to focus only on the things you can control if you want to be resilient. Taking realistic measures in a difficult situation, no matter how tiny, can help you feel more in control and resilient.
- Resilience-Building Experiences
Life experiences can aid in the development of resilience in a person. It may be linked to personal stressors such as major illnesses or ailments in individuals or family members, single-parent homes, divorces, financial troubles, unemployment, family members’ alcoholism or substance misuse, and frequent, disruptive changes in residence. This personality trait is also influenced by your childhood environment, which included a sense of purpose.
- Leadership Resilience
As a people manager, I can’t help but mention the qualities of a resilient leader. Resilient leaders are sympathetic and empathetic, living in the shoes of their team and others with whom they connect. For example, acknowledging the situation during COVID-19 about how team members’ priorities have shifted dramatically away from work to managing household chores, food preparation, family health, accommodating extended school closures, and, above all, dealing with life-threatening uncertainty. Resilient leaders must urge their followers to take a calm and methodical response to future events.
In the current situation, the theme of resilience will be relevant. If you are currently facing a difficult scenario, it is usually good to focus on the positive aspects. Many people, including entrepreneurs, athletes, and other professionals, have made resilience their success slogan.
For the time being, all I can say is that we will conquer this pandemic as well. Keep a positive attitude and stay safe!
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