In our most recent blog post, we examined “The One Characteristic That Could Give You a Huge Advantage.” That characteristic is resiliency.
But what does resiliency look like? What do resilient people do? How do they think? These are all good questions, and as it turns out, necessary questions. That’s why we’ve decided to answer them with this blog post, so you can arm yourself according in the employment marketplace.
Below are five ways that you can be more resilient at work and in our career:
#1—Be more objective and less emotional.
There is no doubt that your emotions can get the best of you. Being resilient requires a clear head and an even-handed approach. That’s why you can’t allow your emotions to control your thinking and dictate your course of action.
When you do that, you don’t think about the long run. You’re only trying to make yourself feel better in the short term. Never sacrifice the long run for the short term.
#2—Think positively instead of negatively.
Positive thinking and resiliency go hand-in-hand. Negative people are rarely resilient, and even if they are, it’s more difficult for them to be that way. When you’re facing adversity, you need positive thoughts to help you do what is necessary.
Thinking positively is a habit, the same as thinking negatively. Sure, some people’s brains are more hard-wired to think in a negative fashion, but these people can (and should) change their ways.
#3—Look for opportunity in the midst of adversity.
When faced with obstacles, resilient people see more than just obstacles. They look for opportunities. Specifically, they look for opportunities to not only overcome the obstacles, but also to put themselves in a better position than where they were when they first encountered the obstacles.
While that might sound counter-intuitive, there’s nothing more rewarding than turning adversity into victory.
#4—Have a positive self-image and good self-esteem.
This might be the toughest one for some people. It’s more difficult to be resilient if you don’t actually believe that you can be resilient. This definitely falls into the category of “self-fulfilling prophecy.”
If you say a false statement out loud for at least 21 days in a row, then you’ll start to believe that statement, even though it’s not true. So stop telling yourself that you can’t do things. It’s not going to help you.
#5—Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
This is also another tough one, especially for those people who believe they can handle everything themselves. Nobody can handle everything themselves, and those who attempt to do so usually find this out the hard way.
If you have a support system, then you need to practice relying on it. It could be family, it could be friends, or it could even be co-workers. It doesn’t matter. Everybody needs help sometimes.
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