The Connection between Patience and Resilience

It doesn’t seem obviously apparent, but there is a connection between patience and resilience. Patience can be defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Resilience is their ability to recover quickly from difficulties and challenges we encounter.

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So what’s the link?

Patience is a marker of resilience.

The more we are able to tolerate and withstand circumstances in their lives without an angry response, the more indicative that is of their ability to endure tough circumstances and recover from them with speed and ease (Sood, 2019). Thus, taking the time to strengthen one’s patience skills subsequently strengthens one’s resilience.

How to Cultivate Patience in the Workplace

Since patience is so critical to the development of resilience, it’s important to pursue opportunities to train your workforce to increase their patience. There are many ways to cultivate patience in their daily routines. The following outlines a few key techniques for developing and implementing patience into their work habits on a consistent basis.

  1. Wait: This may seem like a common-sense solution or it may seem counterintuitive (or even childish), but the practice of making yourself wait actually does develop patience over time. Much like their physical muscles, patience is a mental/emotional muscle that when worked will get stronger. By making your staff wait they demonstrate to you that they are able to endure without being reactive (Power, 2017). This practice can begin by making them wait just a few minutes and over time gradually increased to making them wait a few weeks, months, or even years.
  2. Embrace the Discomfort: Let’s face it- there is nothing comfortable about waiting. The typical response to discomfort is to run from it or try to avoid it. However, choosing to embrace the discomfort is where the real growth comes from. Learning to embrace the discomfort that waiting brings and become more comfortable with the uncomfortable is actually a strong way to build patience and endurance according to therapist Jane Bolton, Psy.D. (Holmes, 2017).
  3. Reframing: Often the root of impatience is the focus on what your workers don’t presently have. Reframing is the practice of intentionally changing the way a situation is viewed. When you reframe situations to shift from what they are lacking to focus on another aspect of the situation, such as how the waiting is stretching them and challenging us for the better, then they are put in a position where they are better able to wait and build patience. As a result, their increased patience leads to increased resilience (DiGiulio, 2019).
  4. Calming Techniques: When all else seems to fail, resorting to the use of calming techniques can be a great way to help increase their patience. These techniques can include breathing, meditation, walking, or other similar methods. The goal of these methods is to engage in a practice that helps them to cope with feelings of anxiety or anger caused by impatience (Power, 2017). By learning to implement a calming technique at the onset of feelings of stress, you enhance their ability to become more tolerant and thus become more resilient.

Ultimately, those who are able to cultivate more patience will be better equipped to be more resilient. In learning to deal with their somewhat innate desire to be instantly gratified and the feelings of anxiety and anger that can often accompany waiting, they learn to become more tolerant and endure more things that are challenging and unpleasant.

This, therefore, sets the stage for someone to quickly recover from hardships and cope with unpleasantries in a healthy manner. With this in mind, you should make it a goal to find ways to increase your workforce’ patience so that they can become more resilient in their daily work activities.

References:

DiGiulio, S. (2019, July 9). How to train yourself to be more patient. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/how-train-yourself-be-more-patient-ncna1022356

Holmes, L. (2017, December 7). 5 tricks to becoming a more patient person. Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/patience-tips_n_5843928

Power, R. (2017, October 24). 4 tips to help you be a more patient person, science says you will be happier. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/4-tips-to-help-you-be-a-more-patient-person-science-says-you-will-be-happier.html

Sood, A. (2019, September 17). The essential skills that boost resilience | Everyday health. Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/wellness/resilience/essential-skills-that-make-you-resilient/

5 Characteristics of Resilient Workers

Resiliency is a character trait that is undoubtedly one of the strongest predictors for success in a career. Being able to keep pushing forward in the face of adversity is necessary for anyone seeking to go above and beyond the status quo. Unfortunately, too many workers lack the resilience needed to go out and get what their hearts truly desire and end up settling for less.

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There are several common traits shared by resilient workers. The way these traits manifest themselves on an individual basis is always unique to the individuals’ interests, talents and specific goals. In this article, we will analyze 5 characteristics that are attributed to resilient employees.

1. Being Able To Accept Delayed Gratification

Resilient workers are able to understand that most of the time, taking the easy way around an obstacle results in a less optimal end result. Being able to avoid temporary pleasure and satisfaction and instead keep the long-term goal in mind is a mandatory part of accomplishing remarkable things.

For the most part, anything truly worthwhile involves a lot a sacrifice and hard work on the front end. Along the way, there will always be plenty of opportunities to throw in the towel and settle for good instead of great. The resilient person is great at postponing gratification during difficult times and not allowing themselves to compromise what they are truly passionate about.

2. Able To Perform Outside Of Comfort Zones

As human beings, we have an inherent nature to seek comfort. Because of this, we have a strong tendency to surround ourselves in a bubble of comfort. While this comfort zone is safe and familiar, it is a sure fire way to plateau performance, success and achievement.

Stepping outside of these comfort zones is all but impossible for most people at work. These self-imposed boundaries are often reinforced for long periods of time. What makes resilient people so unique is their ability to shed the fear of change and the unknown, venturing out into unchartered territories in search of a better way.

3. High Sense Of Self-Worth

An unavoidable part of process of achieving big things is negative feedback and criticism from supervisors or co-workers. Given that the majority of people have decided what they can and cannot do, they try to place the same limitations on everyone else. On the path to achievement, this criticism tends to continue all the way to success, where these voices of negativity suddenly begin to sing your praises.

A resilient workforce is able to overcome this negativity through obstacles and setbacks by maintaining a strong sense of self-worth. By believing in themselves, they are able to accomplish what no one else will.

4. Ability To Fail Forward

Too many workers see failure as the end of the road, mission failed, game over and maybe a lost job. When faced with temporary defeat, they throw in the towel. What these types of individuals fail to realize is that failure is a necessary part of achievement.

The resilient employee is always able to see failure for what it is; a lesson to be used for success on the next go around. When they fail, the use the lesson to fail BETTER the next time. Over time, these failures allow them to inch closer and closer to their goals.

5. Great At Seeing The Bigger Picture

Setting remarkable long-term goals while being shortsighted are two things that cannot coexist. The path to excellence and high achievement is a long and winding road full of obstacles and shortcomings. Without the ability to maintain a clear picture of the finish line, giving up prematurely is all but guaranteed.

Resilient personnel are able to tolerate everything thrown in their way and still maintain the strong conviction as to why they started to begin with. By keeping the big picture in mind, these individuals never lose their sense of purpose when things get hard.

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