Resiliency is defined as the power or ability for someone or something to return to its original form, or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched; or for a person to be able to recover from illness or adversity.
In the following video, The Hip Hop Preacher talks about resiliency using an example of the fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas as proof of the principle of staying in the fight even when you are tired and want to give up.
As he puts it you will never know how close you are to a victory if you don’t fight right to the end.
Being resilient, or having resilience is all about bouncing back; about taking what life throws at you, maybe having a little blip, but then getting up, dusting yourself down and smiling your way through.
There’s no getting away from the fact that when you’re climbing the career ladder, setting up a new business or forging your way through a tough journey of success you need to be resilient. But resilience isn’t always as easy to turn on and off as it might seem. There are various things you can do to help you be more resilient and many of these things can be learned.
Here are our Motivating Words 5 Top Tips for being resilient:
1. Be realistic
Being realistic is a great way of making sure you don’t need to call on your resilience too often. While pushing the boundaries calls for a level of ambition, there’s no point in setting your limits so high that you’re constantly facing knock-backs that require you to dig deep in your resilience reserve.
2. Be flexible
While the journey to success calls for a certain amount of rigidity and single-mindedness, it helps if you can include a touch of flexibility in the equation. That way when things don’t go 100% to plan, you’re not completely thrown off course and having to start again by boosting your resilience.
3. Be mindful
Being mindful of the positive things that are coming your way, no matter how minor they are will help you balance up any challenging or negative things you’re having to face. This approach means that you don’t have to be quite so resilient because your perception will be more positive.
4. Be connected
Staying connected is a great way to reduce your reliance on being resilient because when you have friends and family around you and on-side, things tend to stay more in perspective. If things don’t go exactly to plan and you are able to relativise what’s happened with trusted allies, then your need to be resilient will be reduced.
5. Be resourceful
Having a good stock of positivity, flexibility, optimism and energy in your resources will stand you in good stead when things don’t go entirely as you’d hoped. Each of these qualities won’t just help you see things more objectively, they’ll help you bounce back when you take a knock.
And of course, being in good general health, making sure you get enough sleep and get out to exercise on a regular basis makes it a whole lot easier to be resilient.
If you need a helping hand, then the personal development books we recommend because we love and trust them at Motivating Words will definitely guide you. The likes of this book, The One Thing by Gary W Keller & Jay Papasan is a great way to get an all-around boost. Although its primary aim is to help you achieve more by doing less, it has a great section on how to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed. If you find yourself constantly drawing on your resilience to get by, we can’t help but feel this book would be a great read for you.