How resilience can lead to a more successful career?
Resilience is one of the most needed qualities that may change your career path and lead you toward more success and happiness. Following the resilience road while expanding your capacity to heal from difficult situations will make you one of the best in your field but most of all spare you the risk of any probable burn-out.
So, you’d better build your professional resilience to set yourself to success and abundance.
- Resilience a synonym of flexibility
Resilience is always seen as toughness but in reality, it means more the ability to overcome a hard situation or recover quickly from difficult times. Even though resilience gives us strength it is more about being flexible than tough.
Professor Marcus O’Donnel, director of digital learning at Deakin university, compares resilience to a rubber ball, according to its flexibility, pliantness and strength.
Those characteristics help the ball to get quickly in shape even if it is deformed, it can also bounce back from adversity and this capacity is a big sign of flexibility.
Resilience means also recovery from difficult situations, but it includes also the ability to bounce back from stressful times …hence, it must be used in our daily life, whenever we encounter a problem or an obstacle.
Resilience is a toolkit to keep perfecting and shaping our entire life. Professor O’Donnell think of it as a set of attitudes and skills including:
- Values like: altruism
- Self-care practices: mindfulness, exercise and sleep
- Capabilities like: problem solving, stress and time management, critical thinking ….
- Engagement activities like collaboration, collegiality or prioritizing
- Skills like: communication or project management
- Resilience as a key to improve your career
In a workplace each one of us has to handle responsibilities, stressful projects, treat with different teams, colleagues and bosses …all those conditions create a lot of pressure and stress to handle; that’s when resilience comes handy since it prepares us to handle all those tasks without crumbling under the pressure.
Modern workplaces are often stressful places in term of demands, time and task management, but also complex relationships between workmates.
Resilience as a skill tool help us to manage ourselves and others efficiently, it also gives us the strength and courage to organize our work, manage our reactions and emotions while looking after our energy and health.
That’s why employees need to learn self-management as a key component of resilience and one of the most demanded capabilities by employers in nowadays markets.
Self-reflection and self-awareness will make us gain more confidence, consciousness’ and career wisdom.
Resilience is often mistaken as some mysterious or private talent but actually it is a skill, we learn our entire life by stepping back, analyzing what’s happening around us then smartly crafting a solution.
A high level of self-awareness and recognition will lead you to better career choices; this includes choosing a company that has a corporate culture that matches to your values and principles.
Daily struggles of a high-pressuring job will make you more stressed than ever and will impact your productivity and performance. That’s why studies researching on resilience show a huge difference in term of productivity between resilient and stressed employees.
As a consequence, employees who practice mindfulness, resilience and self-care are better in term of stress management and efficiency.
- Learn to be resilient
Resilience is not a magical component it can be easily improved by a bit of effort. Most of the contemporary researches agree that resilience can be learned and improved rather than an innate human being trait that we are born with.
Once you want to become more resilient, you need to take action by developing skills related to planning, organizing, problem solving then matching this set of skills with self-care practices.
In fact, looking after yourself is a crucial step to ensure you’re a good life- work balance and a good physical and mental conditions-care includes basic needs like your need to get enough sleep, healthy food, exercising but also more vital needs like meditation, self-awareness activities like praying, working on your inner peace, improving your mental health…
Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to resilience nor a magical recipe; it is not also a “one fits all” cup… it is an individual and personal road built on self-analyses, knowing your weaknesses and strength while analyzing and defining what you need to do to adjust to each situation and emergency.
When you put some effort on building your resilience skills, you will gain a big climb in your career ladder, it will bring you also a good result in your personal life: like being a happier, more confident and clever human being!