Resilience is that affable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever (Psychology Today).
Building resiliency can provide a new window towards stated goals and help adjust your mental outlook. There will still be days where you will face challenges, but resiliency helps adapt to the challenges and come out stronger.
There are multiple techniques to use to build resiliency. The American Psychological Association (APA) list the following:
- Make connections
- Avoid seeing crisis as insurmountable
- Accept change
- Move towards your goals
- Take decisive actions
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery
- Nurture a positive view of yourself
- Keeps things in perspective
- Maintain a hopeful outlook
- Take care of yourself
These are great reminders to add to your toolkit to help your personal and professional growth.
Two stand out to me: Move towards your goals and nurture a positive view of yourself.
Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-focused, time based) goals can enhance your journey towards resiliency. The SMART goal process will create a platform to view progress and adjust as needed. SMART goal formation shows if you are truly moving towards your goals and highlights growth.
Nurture a positive view of yourself
This trait comes back to self-awareness and the ability to foster positive self-talk. We can be our own worst critic in life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Look for ways to give yourself credit for your progress (SMART goals) and generate positive thoughts (Irie) needed to enjoy the day. There will be bumps in the road, but resiliency helps you navigate the tough times and come out on the other side better than before. Continue to practice positive self-talk as you interact throughout the day.
Building resiliency is an on-going process. Practice resiliency daily and adjust as needed. It will be well worth it as resiliency will help you power through your day.
The Road to Resilience. (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx