Resilience and Your Career:
Careers are dynamic and your experience with it may bring about extreme excitement – sometimes frustration or sadness and on occasion a deep resentment or challenge. So how do you manage when the negative aspects of your career rise to the surface?
You tap into, develop and use Resilience.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the capacity to handle stress and catastrophe or extreme challenges. It allows people snap-back, to rebuild lives, communities and offers hopeful ways of managing.
People who are resilient face the outcomes of stress and crisis versus ignoring them. They understand at a deeper level that adversity may in the immediate sense feel devastating and yet are also able (even if it is in small doses) to imagine a future state that is better.
Being born with resilience is not the only option. Resilience develops as people grow up and gain better thinking and self-management skills and more knowledge. And this is where it can prove to be invaluable in your career – you get to tap into it, enhance it and master it.
How does resiliency show up or help in your career?
- Conflicts with team members that do not immediately get resolved (instead of feeling 100% defeated and that there is no where to go – resiliency gives you hope and the ability to shift your thinking and work on other areas.
- Natural disaster in your area or at work – You can be the “go to” person – the liaison for energy specialists – you feel great and you bring value to the company
- In job transition – this may be one of the most important factors for success. Simply put resiliency will empower you to be more strategic in your career search, keep you motivated and “in the game.”
- Because people who are resilient are often deemed as having “mental flexibility” this can contribute to you being more creative, more adaptable and more responsive to a changing career landscape. You become a valuable option for hiring managers.
National Center for PTSD offers traits that promote resilience—the ability to undergo stress and still retain mental health and well being. Called the Response to Stressful Experiences Scale (RSES), the measurement has been tested in more than 1,000 active-duty military personnel.
RSES identifies six factors that are key to psychological resilience:
• Positive outlook
• Active coping
• Learning and making meaning
• Acceptance of limits
Here are some tips based on the above traits that you can incorporate into your life
• Positive Outlook –
~Instead of just “being positive increase your awareness of the positive – model other positive people – keep a gratitude journal
~Incorporate laughter into your day – intentionally (subscribe to daily jokes or motivational quote newsletters)
• Strategic Coping
~Before becoming “beaten” by the problem – find an angle – any angle that can motivate you to creatively solve it.
~Take challenges in bite-size attempts
~Ask yourself what is the worst if you cannot solve it - manage your expectations – if it is truly urgent – ask yourself – who can help me solve it?
• Learning and Purpose
~ Look for meaning in the experience.
~Connect any meaning and learning to your life mission or values
~Admit mistakes and then QUICKLY ask yourself – what did I learn from this?
~Understand that bad things can—and do--happen to anyone.
~Allow yourself grieving time – allow time for anger – but put limits on this time – then follow it by strategy, action planning or even allow yourself some “me time.”