Truth be told, you will never really know just how strong and adamant you are unless adversity strikes. Then you learn courage, you build resilience, you learn to persevere, you build character. T. Whitmore
The classic book by Charles Darwin, “Origin of Species” talks about the importance of resilience. In this literature, the late scientist states that the strongest and brightest species is not necessarily the one who survives, rather it is the species that can best adapt to change.
So if you have set your sights to accomplish great things, resilience is definitely one factor you cannot ignore. The result of research done by Executive Coaching Consultancy, an executive coaching provider based in London, shows that resilience plays a very important part in achieving career success.
Big goals demand extraordinary resilience. If you want to stand out from the rest, it is necessary to be stronger than the average person. Building stronger resilience may sound like a tough challenge, but a closer look will reveal that it mostly involves strengthening character and improving your mindset.
Gain focus to keep distractions away.
The planning stage is usually the easiest part of goal-setting. Challenges come in once you immerse yourself on the task at hand and find yourself surrounded by so many distractions that attempt to steal your time and attention.
It would be next to impossible to finish anything if you cannot concentrate. You need focus in order to avoid distractions, and you need willpower to finish a task. Various techniques like meditation and affirmation can sharpen your ability to focus and strengthen your willpower.
Be consistent to stay on track.
The level of energy you put on a task may vary depending on your mood and the situation. It is typical to display so much enthusiasm at the start of a project. That is, until fatigue and other roadblocks cause you to gradually lose interest.
If you want to be more resilient than the rest, try not to let anything affect your performance. It will not be easy but consistency in giving your best in any task is a sure road to success. To keep your ardor from slipping away, you can rely on your support group such as friends or family to tirelessly remind you about your goals every now and then.
Be humble and admit your own mistakes.
When things go wrong, it is so easy to resort to blaming and pointing fingers. The truly resilient individual will first examine his or her own actions before others. This is because someone with a strong mentality does not see mistakes as a sign of weakness, but rather an opportunity for learning.
If you have the guts to acknowledge your own mistakes, then you gain the wisdom to understand that failures happen for a reason. Likewise, by having the humility to accept your own flaws, you open doors for improvement and correction. This trait will be easier to achieve if you are clearly aware about your strengths and weaknesses.
Be brave enough to move on.
The exceptional individual allows time to heal after a failure but then also knows that sulking or wallowing in despair for too long is not an option. If you see defeat as simply part of the journey, you will always be ready to stand up and move on after every fall.
Things can get so tough that giving up seems like the easy way out. However, if you have a firm resolve to win, you will be determined to survive the blows of failures, mistakes and disappointments that you will meet along the way.
Life is a series of ups and downs, so greater resilience is indeed a trait that everyone should aim for. The process may get difficult but the positive rewards will cascade in all aspects of your life so it will be worth it.