Resilience is a skill that is important yet tricky to master. For some people, it comes naturally; however for others, it can take a little work to get right. Resilience is something that is required both at work and in study; and for most people, it is a vital skill within their personal life too. In this blog, I will explore seven ways to be resilient.
Whether it is at home, work or university/college, establishing a clear purpose to work towards and abide by is one of the keys to unlock resilience. It isn’t just about having a purpose, but sticking to it and considering it in everything you do. For example:
• A work purpose: to ensure that I always strive to learn something new and that each task is an improvement or progression from the previous one.
• A study purpose: to make sure that all preparation work for lectures and seminars is completed to a high level to increase coursework and exam scores.
• A personal purpose: to concentrate on personal wellbeing by proactively going to the gym, eating healthily and performing mindfulness exercises such as meditation.
Having a purpose is a good starting point for resilience because it enables you to build the foundations required in order to persevere.
2. Positivity in your Abilities
Know your strengths and use them to your advantage! Everyone is good at something, so have confidence in what you are good at and be positive about it. The first step is recognition of what your strengths are; that’s the easy part. Then, you need to apply them to as many areas of work that you can. For example, if organisation is a strength, offer to chair a meeting at work to showcase your skills to management. Or, with studies, use this skill to make a detailed coursework and revision plan. In personal circumstances, organising your time in a way that compliments your purpose so that you can fit in all of the activities you want to do.
3. Establish Goals
Having goals is similar to purpose; however, goals can be short-term, mid-term or long-term and the idea is that they help you work towards and contribute to the wider purpose. At work, this is straightforward as most workplaces set employees goals anyway so you could use these; do not let this limit you: you can add your own goals too! For study, short-term goals might be to revise for an exam or submit coursework by a certain day. A long-term goal might be ‘to graduate with First Class Honours’. At home, you might have a goal to lose 5 pounds within 10 weeks or to build a chest of drawers within 3 hours.
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4. Learn to Embrace Change
Embracing change is a huge part of resilience, as it is something that will happen to everyone at some point, but a lot of people are not so fond of it. At work, change might come in the form of a new team member or manager. The first step is being able to adapt and be flexible to work alongside someone different. The next step is to accept the change, not sulk about it, and get on with the task at hand. At college/ university, change may come in the form of a new lecturer, tutor or even a topic that you find particularly difficult. Again, adapting to these situations is the key to moving forward. At home, you might have to adapt to more serious changes such as moving house, increased bills or other unexpected expenses. In these situations, remaining calm and finding a logical solution is the key to embracing this change.
5. Develop problem-solving skills
In order to be resilient in most situations, a problem will have been presented to you and you have to be resilient in solving it. Therefore, developing the crucial problem-solving skills in order to move forward is another important resilience factor. Often, problem solving will require you to remain calm in the first instance and take a step back from the situation, looking at the issue as a whole and brainstorming the consequences. This goes for issues across work, study and personal life. Solve the problems as they arise and then move on!
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Following all of these tips will help you to become more resilient in all aspects of life. They can be applied to individual tasks and larger obstacles that you might come across.