Resilience: the capacity to recover from difficulties quickly; toughness
Hello SOTGC community,
The only thing we know for sure in life is that change can and will happen. But, the difference between those who are wildly successful and those who are not is resilience. When we are given tough circumstances at work, it is our response to those circumstances that truly defines our character.
I am lucky to have a brilliant example of resilience in my life. Kathryn, diagnosed with breast cancer this past spring, chose to be resilient rather than ask “why me?” She has worked throughout her chemotherapy treatments, saying that it is her family and work that keep her going. This past quarter, Kathryn achieved her sales quota, an incredible professional accomplishment. Instead of worrying about what she can’t control, she worried only about the things she could.
How can you develop resilience both in your career and at home? Thankfully, resilience is a learned trait. Caroline Smith and the team at MindTools.com have compiled a useful list of characteristics from psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman:
“Permanence – People who are optimistic (and therefore have more resilience) see the effects of bad events as temporary rather than permanent. For instance, they might say, “My boss didn’t like the work I did on that project” rather than, “My boss never likes my work.”
Pervasiveness – Resilient people don’t let setbacks or bad events affect other unrelated areas of their lives. For instance, they would say, “I’m not very good at this” rather than, “I’m no good at anything.”
Personalization – People who have resilience don’t blame themselves when bad events occur. Instead, they see other people, or the circumstances, as the cause. For instance, they might say, “I didn’t get the support I needed to finish that project successfully” rather than, “I messed that project up because I can’t do my job.” (Mindtools.com)
Therefore, know that your life will not turn out the way that you have planned it. And understand that your reactions will ultimately determine how successful you will be. Growing your resilience skill set will make the possibilities in your career and home life limitless.
Do you have ideas for becoming more resilient at work? Continue the conversation with me on Twitter @ryangreenonline and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007156953049
Smith, Caroline. “Developing Resilience, Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks”. On-line. Internet. Accessed 5 Aug 2014. Available http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/resilience.htm