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Resilience is your ability to recover quickly and positively from setbacks, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity or to put it another way it is your ability to bounce back. The coronavirus pandemic is impacting us all, so how can you build your resilience to be better able to thrive in these uncertain times?
Here are some tips and ideas that you can use to build your resilience:
Understand and accept the reality. Are you fighting the reality of where you and your business currently are? Start by fully understanding and accepting the reality of the situation you and your business are in. You will then be able to decide the best actions to take to move you and your business forward.
Seek meaning and opportunity. Do you feel that you are a victim of the situation and cannot do anything about it? Take full responsibility for you and your business, believe that the situation will improve and that you can make this happen and seek meaning and opportunity in your work and life.
Focus on what you can control. Do you get distracted by things that are outside of your control? Try focusing all your energy into what you can control and you will feel so much more on top of the situation.
Accept change and be flexible and adaptive. Do you resist change? Change is an inevitable part of life and happens whether we are ready or not. To increase your resilience accept change, learn to handle it and deal with it positively and be flexible and adaptive.
Improvise and be creative. Are you using the same solutions as you always have? Focus on improvisation and creativity, to move you and your business forward. This may involve diversification, changing processes and procedures or a completely different business strategy.
Learn from both success and failure. Do you feel like a failure because you and your business are struggling? Consider both success and failure as positive learning experiences and as an opportunity to change for the better. Really think through where you are and decide what you need to do differently.
Solve problems and be decisive. Are you avoiding problems in your life and business? Tackle your problems and challenges head on, be decisive, resolve them as they arise and things will start to improve for the better.
Persist and don’t be afraid of hard work. Do you give up because something is too challenging, too big or too much like hard work? Resilient people persist when it is would be easier to give up and accept that positive results are not achieved without a lot of hard work.
Step outside of your comfort zone. Are you staying within your comfort zone and playing safe? Try stepping out of your comfort zone, face your fears and take measured risks. You may be surprised by the results.
Build a support network. Do you have a support network for both your life and work? Having a good support network of trusted friends, family, contacts, colleagues, professional advisors and people that you can rely on when you need support will help you feel stronger when times are uncertain.
Manage your emotions and behaviour. How do you feel and behave when you are under pressure? Try taking control of your emotions and behaviour, stay calm and approach each day in a measured way. You will find that you are more focused, productive and creative.
Notice and change your thoughts. How do you think in the face of uncertainty? Unhelpful thinking can cause you to make inaccurate assessments of your experiences, to get the wrong end of the stick, to jump to conclusions, to think the worst, to distort the facts and it can get in the way of your decision making and the achievement of your business and personal goals. Focus on noticing how you are thinking and where it is unhelpful, try thinking in different ways so that you change your perspective and outlook.
Focus on your health and wellness. How much attention do you pay to your own health and wellness? To increase your resilience, look after your health and welfare, both mentally and physically, so that you have the strength and reserves to meet the challenges you may face.
Hopefully, you have found these tips and strategies helpful in thinking about how to increase your resilience in the face of uncertainty.
Author: Liz Makin
Published: October 2020
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