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Five Tips to Build Your Resilience

Five Tips to Build Your Resilience

Resilient people appear to have an astounding quality that allows them to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them, they find a way to rise up again.


“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison’s resilience defined his success – he experimented thousands of times to perfect the long lasting lightbulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the carbon microphone for the telephone system, the mechanical vote tracker, and even a battery for an electric car. Edison did not just discover his inventions, he committed to each goal and developed an outstanding resilience for success.

Edison is a great example of the positive outlook of resilient people which enables them to change course and persevere; they do not let adversity define them and they find resilience by moving toward a goal and perceiving bad times as a temporary state.

In the work place, resilient people are better able to deal with the demands placed upon them, especially where those demands might require them to be dealing with constantly changing priorities and a heavy workload. In this difficult political and economic climate, having a built in resilience can prepare you for changing circumstances, but it can also empower you for the tough times.

Resilience can be cultivated by strengthening you self-belief and defining yourself as capable and competent. Developing resilience is ordinary – not extraordinary. Although we are not all Edisons in the work place, developing our resilience is a personal journey that involves thoughts, behaviours and actions, and anyone can do it. 

In their accompanying podcast Heather Wright and John Bullock discuss the benefits of having strong resilience which Heather defines as:-

The determination to still move forward no matter what.

Our top five tips to build resilience:

Set yourself SMART personal and professional goals which you can work towards, and celebrate the achievements. Make sure that you do something positive each day towards your goals. By developing the habit of using challenges towards your goals, you will learn from your successes, strengths and challenges to build on greater success.

Prepare for any situation. Preparation is the key to success – a sales meeting, writing a proposal, meeting a new client, attending a networking event, delivering a presentation all require preparation beforehand. So make sure you give yourself time to prepare to ensure that you show yourself to be the best version of yourself you can be.

Take your power pose and be confident in you! Remember that you are unique – you are representing yourself and by celebrating yourself you will become more resilient in challenging situations. Before any meeting or presentation take a moment to put on your power pose and remember an event which showed your best self. Then walk in the door!

Control the controllables and don’t sweat the small stuff of the uncontrollable. You can take control of your attitude and behaviour in situations. In a challenging situation make sure you focus on the elements you can control. Let go of the uncontrollables which raise your stress levels and focus on the elements within your control.

Review your achievements in a journal. Look out for the positives in each situation, and keep a record of your strengths, positive behaviour you showed and also behaviour which you believe you could have improved so that you can look back positively and constructively on the day’s events. This way, you can celebrate your achievements and build resilience by improving your performance in the future.

Being a resilient person can help you to be your extraordinary self in any situation and empower you to achieve your perceived goals and beyond.