Have you ever wondered, what is resilience and why is it important to possess such a skill? To be resilient means to have the ability to regulate emotions and be optimistic when facing disappointment, failure or hurt. To be able to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. A person who doesn’t possess resilience may experience increased psychological turmoil as a result. While some people are naturally more resilient than others, it is a skill than can be developed.
The Importance of Resilience
Resilient people don’t allow setbacks to affect other areas of their lives. Instead of saying “I’m not good at anything” they say “I’m not very good at this”. Failure is an inevitable part of living. We make mistakes, but how we view stress and adversity firmly affects if we succeed.
We should all have the courage to reach for our dreams, despite the risk of failing. Resilience means that when we fall, we get back up. We overcome setbacks and are strong enough to face the lessons we need to learn. And this is why having a resilient mindset is so important.
Do You Possess the Skill of Resilience?
Do you consider yourself to be resilient? Do you hold resilience in the face of adversity? Below are some examples of resilience:
- Resilient people have a positive outlook on life. They believe that good things are waiting in the future.
- Resilient people have goals for the future and a strong desire to achieve them.
- Resilient people are compassionate and empathetic but they don’t care what others think of them.
- Resilient people maintain healthy relationships but don’t give in to peer pressure.
- Resilient people don’t have victim-mentality. They spend their time and energy on things they can control.
- Resilient people view difficulty as a challenge. They don’t dwell on failures. They acknowledge them, learn from their mistakes, and move on.
How to Develop Your Resilience
There are several things you can do to develop your sense of control and resilience:
- Learn to relax
- Be self-compassionate and maintain perspective
- Prioritise your relationships
- Practice mindfulness
- Take care of your body through healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep
- Help others
- Avoid negative outlets
- Be flexible
- Build self-confidence
The strength and fortitude to overcome adversity are inside you and it can help you to keep on moving forward towards your dreams and goals. Resilience is a matter of mindfully replacing basic behaviours to cope with stress and hardship in life. It is important to note that resilience doesn’t suggest you won’t feel negative emotions. It simply means that you will be able to control and deal with some aspects of your life better.
Resilience as a concept isn’t exactly straightforward so if you need help to develop this skill, feel free to reach out to the executive coaches at Integrative Coaching. Your first session is on us! Call us today and book your free session.