<aside> 💡 One of the best ways to learn, is to fail. But it’s not the failure itself that teaches you, it’s the reflections, assessment, and takeaways that you gain from the process of being resilient. The more resilient you are, the more quickly you can bounce back from roadblocks and put yourself on an even better path.
Take a spin through the insights and activities in the presentation below, read our 7 ways to nurture resilience, and then try one of the reframing activities on your own!
You’ll feel better after, I promise.
Resilience Is the Key to Growth.pdf
<aside> 1️⃣ Course correct as you go.
The most resilient people and businesses aren’t the most stubborn or bullish. They’re the ones that are able to see where an adjustment or pivot needs to be made and are capable of making that change. See “failure” as a new opportunity to improve, not a judgment of your worth or abilities - like our good friend Thomas Edison said above.
<aside> 2️⃣ Focus on what you can control.
Sometimes we call upon resilience in instances where we’ve made a mistake, but other times we need it when the world foists something upon us that’s completely out of our control cough Covid-19. Either way, there are always elements of a challenge you can control. And those are the ones worth focusing on.
<aside> 3️⃣ Assess and reframe the situation.
First feel your feelings – having to yell “this sucks” is not only okay, it’s cathartic – but then, think about your feelings. Is there another way you can see this situation? What are the positives and where are the opportunities? It always makes a much better story when there’s some hardship, anyways.
<aside> 4️⃣ Seek support.
It’s easy to take for granted your supporters when you’re focused on the downsides of your situation. Take a few minutes to think about all the people who’d offered you support: mentors, friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers. Remember there are people who appreciate you and what you do. People who want to help you succeed. Pay attention to those people and what they like about you. They might see potential that you don’t currently see. And don’t be afraid to reach out and ask them for a reminder when you’re feeling forgetful!
<aside> 5️⃣ Search for new experiences. New, challenging experiences can help you develop skills you don’t have yet. This builds confidence, and yes, makes you more resilient. The adaptability you nurture by exposing yourself to obstacles you haven’t faced before improves your problem-solving skills and furthers your self-awareness. When you know who you are, you have a better sense of what you can handle.
<aside> 6️⃣ Gratitude doesn’t hurt. Sometimes it feels like the word ‘gratitude’ has been ground down from such repeated use across those New Age-y social media self-help accounts that somehow make it to your For You page. But there’s clearly something to it. Focusing on what you’re thankful for can improve your outlook on life and make it easier to weather the storms that inevitably arrive. Consider keeping a gratitude journal that you can return to for inspiration when you’re feeling down.
<aside> 7️⃣ Having fun helps. Ultimately, everyone is going to require their own unique set of resiliency practices in order to be ready for what life throws at you. There are a few activities ranging from the physical to the creative that help you strengthen your problem solving skills with a dose of fun.
<aside> 📣 Share stories of resilience to help yourself and others grow.
Make Your Own #ResilienceMadlib
Like Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
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