People react to the challenges and demands in their life in different ways. Some people thrive, some struggle to cope and others disengage. As the economic climate continues to be uncertain and turbulent many people are facing increasing levels of pressure in their lives. Businesses are placing greater levels of responsibility and increased performance expectations on their teams, earning are not rising very much, the cost of living is increasing, longer working hours are reducing people’s leisure time and impacting on home life.
People are not only expected to be able to cope with their own challenges, they are expected to help others cope too. This brings added pressure and unless people have high levels of resilience, they may struggle to cope. This may cause their performance levels to drop and their happiness and health may suffer.
Resilience is a skill that enables people to perform under pressure and bounce back from set-backs. It is a valuable skill to possess. Research over the last 40 years has shed light on what resilience is and how it can be developed. Here are 8 key Principles of Resilience:
1: Resilience is a learnable skill. It is not just a result of certain genes or personality traits, it comes from developing the right knowledge, skills and strategies.
2: Habits have impact. When facing a challenging situation your habits will create either barriers or bridges to a better future.
3: Avoidance does not build Resilience. Avoiding problems and challenges means you will not develop the skills and coping strategies to deal with them.
4: Problem-focused coping leads to resiliency better than Emotion-focused coping.
5: Tackling challenges, overcoming set-backs and navigating through disruptive change often leads to new strengths.
6: Resilient people have strong self-esteem, high self-confidence and a positive self-image.
7: Resilient people focus on what they can control. They have high levels of self-control and they also recognise what is in their control and what is outside of their control in their situation. They focus on what they can do and learn to let go of what they can’t.
8: Resiliency is driven by attitude. If you choose to be resilient, you will find the reasons and the motivation to face up to your challenges however stressful they may be.
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