The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall
Resilience is emerging as one of the buzzwords of the 21st century. Only last week, Chancellor George Osborne set out his plans for a ‘resilient’ economy in the Budget. Business leaders, economists and psychologists are trying to determine how organisations and people become more resilient. But what does resilience actually mean for us in our everyday lives? And why is it so important for us, as individuals, to be resilient?
At its heart, resilience is about having the ability and flexibility to bounce back no matter what life throws at you; it’s not about what is happening to you, it’s about how you cope with, adapt and respond to demanding circumstances and non-stop change, whether personal or professional. That’s resilience. And the great news is that is that resilience can be developed and improved: it includes learning how to behave, think and act differently. Why not ratchet up your resilience with these tips.
Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full type of person? Winston Churchill once declared, ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’ So, rather than reflecting on problems and difficulties, consider how new challenges might develop you professionally or personally. Transform your thinking by reframing that negative thought into a positive; whilst it may not change the situation it might allow you to get a better perspective on it.
Being resilient means having a social network you can turn to for support when you need it. As well as family and friends, why not increase your professional network by building contacts with those people who could offer you offer some professional expertise and guidance, act as a sounding board or help you to enhance your skills in a particular area? And consider how you can support friends and colleagues through adversity. Exposure to a range of tough issues will help you to build your own resilience by reflecting on how you might deal with particular problems others are facing.
Emotional intelligence is a vital ingredient of resilience -you need to be in tune not only with your own emotions and responses but also with the emotional needs of others. Being resilient also means regulating your own emotions so that you can deal with a stressful situation objectively and calmly.
Look after yourself
Regular exercise, plenty of sleep and eating properly will prime your mind and body to handle situations that require resilience and boost your health. And if the thought of a gym session stresses you out, then try a brisk walk instead!