In my work I see small business owners looking to grow, senior operational leaders within organisations seeking to better influence and ambitious professionals needing to back themselves and find success at work. One thing is for sure they face more and more complexity and a greater pace of change. How do we keep going when the going gets tougher?
Research in the field of Positive Psychology tell us that there are some of us who appear to have an ‘in built’ resilient personality and are better able to cope than the rest. When stress arrives at their doorstep, they don’t let negativity overrun them. Barbara Frederickson, one of the most influential contributors in the field points out that those with a resilient personality actually bounce back stronger after bad events!
“I haven’t failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison 1847 – 1931
What about those of us who may not be as ‘lucky’ to be born more resilient? Can resilience be learnt, cultivated, built? The good news is that it can. Here are 3 strategies resilient people suggest.
Practice relaxation and take time to reflect
Resilient people take time out to relax thus creating a buffer for recovery. Personally, I have found that going for a bike ride helps to ‘undo’ the effects of negativity. Others have found spending time in nature helps them to come back refreshed with a clear mind.
Explore options and alternatives to think of ways to cope better
They take a bigger picture of the situation, step back to get perspective of what’s going on and consider what they can actually do about the situation.
Practice hopeful thinking
‘New’ things can often trigger a fear response which goes hand in hand with doubt and disbelief. Resilient people imagine seeing themselves at their best having accomplished what they want to see happen. While others struggle to articulate what they want, resilient people focus on what they prefer to see happen. Research shows that this cultivates optimistic thinking to overcome adversity.
We face complex challenges in a rapidly changing world. There are those who appear to have an inbuilt resilient personality which enables them to take hardships and setbacks in their stride. The good news is that we can learn to cultivate this powerful human strength and be able to withstand and adapt to the challenges that life throws at us.
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