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There is really something to resilience. The ability, or the capacity, or the tenacity, to stay in the race. To stand tall after we fall. To try again. And again. And again … successfully. To face adversity like a boss.
It is a trait, a way of being, even a way of living, worth studying and emulating. One could even say that it is a trait of failing successfully! And we are going to fail. And fall. And stumble. And face challenges and problems. So why not face the inevitable adversity with resilience?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as: (1) the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens, and (2) the ability of something (or someone?) to return to its original shape after it (he or she?) has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.
Some of the people that I admire most – both living and dead – are those who are, or have been, resilient. Who have had a something – mental toughness, skills, motivation, inspiration, attitude, character, or drive – something that has empowered them to overcome, bounce back, and recover following adversity or a setback. Leaders, athletes, pioneers, explorers, scientists, soldiers, authors, entrepreneurs, parents, and many others are on my list.
Today, it is generally accepted that resilience can be taught and learned. The lives, habits, practices, mind sets, and emotions of resilient people have been studied and subsequently informed some very-effective resiliency training principles and programs.
Research has revealed that optimism is the key to resilience. That resilient individuals are those people who have a habit of interpreting setbacks as temporary, local, and changeable. Who are optimistic. Who can experience post-traumatic growth by turning their most-difficult experiences into catalysts for improved performance. Who recognize that emotional consequences following adversity don’t necessarily stem from the adversity itself, but rather from our own beliefs about the adversity and how we respond to the adversity.
We, too, can think like optimists and improve our post-adversity results if we purposefully set out to be resilient; optimistic; and learn and implement resiliency practices.
Lolly Daskal, president and CEO of Lead From Within, suggests the following ten practices for developing resiliency in her insightful inc.com article “How to Be More Resilient When Things Get Tough.”
1. Don’t try to solve problems with the same thinking that created them.
2. Master your emotions before they manage you.
3. Stay tough.
4. Keep growing.
5. Stay prepared.
6. Pick yourself up, as many times as it takes.
7. Reward the small wins.
8. Keep giving.
9. Build relationships.
10. Create your own meaning.
By developing resiliency and living optimistically we can be better-prepared to successfully weather life’s storms. To meet – and beat – the adversity and problems that will inevitably seek us out and find us.
My life’s experiences clearly reveal to me that resiliency is one of the most important and valuable traits and practices that I can have. Resiliency is something that I have spent years working on – given the nature of my trials and storms – and continue to be focused on developing – given the nature of my trials and storms! Right now I am working on staying tough. Still working on staying tough!
What about you? Are you resilient? Would it benefit you to be more resilient? Your organization? If yes, what’s your first, next step?
Face adversity like a boss. Be resilient.
Believe Bravely; Dare Greatly,