Crucial to addressing work related challenges effectively and efficiently is your ability to build resilience. Individuals who are resilient are able to recover from and better adjust to adversity and change by being more cognizant of the circumstances and behaviors of people around them. They have the emotional intelligence to manage tough situations at a higher functioning level than most others.
If you desire to become a more productive and resilient person at work, start by using these effective strategies.
(1) Cherish social support and interaction. Good relationships with family and friends and others are vital. Being active in the wider community also helps.
(2) Treat problems as a learning process. Develop the habit of using challenges as opportunities to acquire or master skills and build achievement.
(3) Avoid making a drama out of a crisis. Stress and change are part of life. How we interpret and respond to events has a big impact of how stressful we find them.
(4) Celebrate your successes. Take time at the end of each day to review what went well and congratulate yourself. This trains the mind to look for success rather than dwelling on negativity and ‘failure’.
(5) Develop realistic life goals for guidance and a sense of purpose. Do something each day to move towards them. Again, small is beautiful; one small step amid the chaos of a busy day will help.
(6) Take positive action. Doing something in the face of adversity brings a sense of control, even if it doesn’t remove the difficulty.
(7) Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps to build resiliency.
(8) Keep a realistic perspective. Place challenging or painful events in the broader context of lifelong personal development.
(9) Practice optimism. Nothing is either wholly good or bad. If we allow our thinking to dictate how we view something it will take over. Make your thinking work for your benefit, rather than letting it stymie you with doubt or by seeing only the bad side.
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Introduction and formatting by: Patricia K. Flanigan
Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at a large community college in Southern California.
She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as a Faculty Affiliate at Boise State University. Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.