Anything can make us feel less able to bounce back and do a good job, making us LESS RESILIENT. Resilience is the capacity to cope with and become stronger as a result of experiencing and dealing with difficult events. Strengthening resilience combines building inner strength with applying personal strength to challenging situations. The impact on our resilience comes from internal and external results (including use of creativity and imagination Mr. Bond)
Resilience is primarily about attitude towards events. Our attitude is hugely influenced by our understanding of what an event means, and how we calculate what the outcome might be for us. The understanding and calculation is largely based on our confidence in knowing how to deal with the situation.
If your imagination is positive and constantly imagines a positive outcome, this then transmits itself into a positive stimulus for the mind to work on. It tends to result in a better outcome for you. I’ve mentioned this in previous blogs J
Resilience also requires me to have a vision. A goal. An outcome. I have to take the long view; plan for now but take the long view.
Those of you who know what you want from life have a purpose. A long term purpose enables you to ‘ride over’ adverse events as you are focused on achieving the long view and can find it easier not to be deflected from the journey you have set yourself. Envisioning the future in a positive way provides motivation and focus when all around you is in chaos.
Have you a clear vision for your business life? How about your personal life too? Don’t forget that they operate together, not in true isolation. They need to line up with an organisational strategy – aligned to the company vision. The vision itself might be blurred. It should not be time constrained, but it should be feasible to achieve. Getting there may involve several plan B’s. Don’t be put off by the idea of not achieving what you want. It’s the journey towards the vision that’s important.
Once you’ve achieved what you want you’ll have to have another vision to keep you resilient... and who knows... you may pick up some gold medals on the way!