Bounce Back: Find Resiliency In Tough Times

Written by on October 20, 2015

Setbacks are a reality for most professionals. In these moments, there’s one trait that can help us get back on our feet and continue moving forward – resiliency. I’ve come to find that resiliency isn’t an ingrained ability, but rather, a learned one. What does resiliency look like in the face of a tough challenge? It looks like three tiers: first, emotional control, second, sound decision making, and third perseverance in action. It’s virtually impossible to do one without the other. Here’s how to hone your resiliency and apply it when faced with a difficult situation – and to foster resiliency for your peers as well.

  1. First, Revisit Your Inner Dialogue: Leverage Your Emotions

    Managing emotions can be tough when things aren’t going well. But it’s the very skill that helps many professionals recover from setbacks with grace and efficiency. Those with higher EQ (emotional intelligence) tend to be the ones to who display the most resilience. Of course self-managing emotions can only happen if you are internally aware of both your emotions and their effects on your mind and body. Making a conscious choice to maintain a positive attitude despite setbacks is one of the ways introspection brings about resilience.

  2. Second, Pair That Positive Thinking With A Strong Decision-Making Process

    A resilient person is someone that can help improve their negative situation by making well-thought out, sound decisions. This includes the decision to not play the “blame game” when things don’t go according to plan. Of course, sound decision-making is tied to emotional stability, but the decision-making process is also a good measure of a person’s priorities and their ability to project positive outcomes. The decisions we make are often tied to an overarching vision of the future; a resilient person envisions success in spite of difficulty, and then takes tangible steps to make that success a reality.

  3. Third, Take Action And Persevere

    Being resilient is all about finding ways to function in spite of obstacles. Staying dedicated to long-term goals is one way to do this. Of course, this ties back to the idea that resilient people are those who can adopt a positive perspective and then act on it. In order to confidently take action – and then stick with it – you must first have a positive outlook, and a firm belief in the decisions you have made.

Ultimately, resiliency speeds up the process of growth and recovery. Facing setbacks can be challenging, even overwhelming, but resiliency is the factor that will help those facing difficulties refocus their efforts in productive ways. No matter what situation one faces, this three tier model starts with your mindset and moves into sound, justifiable decision-making for confidence in the actions you take.