Resilience Is A Key Career Skill
Resilience is an important requirement for modern professionals. With job security and a standard career path less and less attainable across many industries, a capacity to handle uncertainty and adversity has never been more important (or in demand). The same goes for job hunting: it can be a terribly demoralising experience if you let it. Focussing on building your resilience can make all the difference to your inner confidence and success rate.
Easier said than done, perhaps – to achieve resilience means possessing the right blend of self-awareness and inner strength, and the flexibility to adapt to changes in circumstances and surroundings. It's rather like a palm tree: a strong, firmly rooted base supporting an element that's far more flexible and able to cope with being blown around by different winds.
Here are three key building blocks that can help you towards developing a resilient professional persona:
Having a positive view of yourself and the world around you is the basis for developing resilience. Pay attention to the messages you give yourself throughout the day. If you find yourself making negative assumptions about yourself or anything around you, consciously switch to a positive thought. With practice this should become automatic. That will keep you grounded, rooted like a tree, and give you the stability you need for a positive mindset.
Get to know yourself and recognise what is important to you. Have a clear idea of your future aspirations and where you want to go in your career. You need to be willing to commit to your goals and invest in making them happen. Knowing what is important to you and being committed to your goals strengthens you in your core. Don't forget however, that even the best-laid plans can sometimes go off course or need to be abandoned altogether. Make like a palm tree and allow yourself flexibility to go with the flow when things don't go to plan.
Control means being aware of the situations or areas of your life you can influence as well as recognising those that you can't. Being able to distinguish between the two will allow you to focus your energy on the things that are most important or achievable. It will give you the flexibility to prioritise your goals and adapt to different circumstances.
Remember that in order to be resilient you also need to be healthy in mind and body so pay attention to your general well-being, take proper breaks, eat well, and look after the relationships that support you. When it comes to resilience it's about knowing that you can't stop the waves, but that you can certainly learn how to surf them.
Posted: Thursday 18 June 2015