Resilient workers recover quickly from setbacks and don’t allow difficulties to hinder their success. How does a person become resilient? Can you build your resiliency? Can you use resiliency to grow and succeed? Psychologists have determined that resiliency is a skill you can learn. And once you learn what you need to be resilient, you can also improve and grow your expertise.
Resiliency requires a commitment to improving yourself. Specific actions and skills are needed to become and stay resilient.
Researchers have identified the following ways you can build and grow resiliency:
- Take Responsibility
- See Change as an Opportunity
- Have Goals
- Learn from Success and Failure
- Get Support
- Take Action
- Be Optimistic
- Have Patience
Resilient people understand that they can control their actions and reaction, but not the actions and reactions of others. To be resilient, you need to take responsibility for how you manage and conduct yourself. Blaming others for your mistakes makes you weak. Taking responsibility for yourself makes you strong and focuses your control on yourself.
See Change as an Opportunity
Is change good or bad? To build resiliency, you need to answer that question by knowing that change is an opportunity for both good and bad. When your workforce sees change as being forced on them by Management, they lose their control of the situation. Resilience requires a different approach. Resilient workers see change as an opportunity to learn and grow.
You can’t learn to recover from setbacks if you don’t have goals. Otherwise, you may spend your time reacting to things that don’t improve your experiences or help you reach your goals. Having goals helps a team focus, avoid distractions, and stay committed, making them more resilient.
Learn from Success and Failure
Resiliency is a skill that comes partly from the knowledge gained with each success and failure. When team members accept responsibility for their own actions, their successes and failures depend on each of them. Each time workers complete a successful project, they learn ways to improve themselves for their next project. This helps them grow and achieve more. When you fail, instead of belittling yourself, use your failure as an opportunity to discard what doesn’t work and learn new ways to overcome obstacles.
Even before the pandemic, work had many challenges. Getting support from others helps a single worker overcome challenges and be resilient when faced with difficulty. Seeking others out for knowledge, through education and mentoring, helps build resilience. Knowing there are trusted co-workers and family can help motivate and keep an individual worker focused on his team’s goals.
Resilient people don’t’ give up. They find ways to achieve their goals despite setbacks and difficulties. Resiliency requires action to create the opportunity to learn and grow. Allowing your circumstances to dictate responses isn’t action. Action involves trying new things and making the changes necessary to succeed.
Realistic optimism is necessary for resiliency. Overly optimistic people don’t adjust their plan when they need to make changes to reach a goal. Pessimistic people rarely stay committed to their goals because they don’t believe they can achieve them. But, people with realistic optimism understand they must be resilient when obstacles arise.
Building resiliency involves allowing yourself the time needed to reach goals. Long-term goals, like launching a new product or creating a software platform, or even finishing one’s education, take time to achieve. Patience allows team members to stay focused on their goals even when they make mistakes or need more time to meet them. The resiliency built with patience can help a team achieve targets on-time and within budget, reach professional goals and strengthen team relationships.
Yes, you can build resiliency. By focusing on the skills, you need to develop to become resilient you can grow as a trusted work team member and improve your satisfaction with your performance.
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