With Resilience, You Can Write Your Own Story

Mar 17, 2021  | Thought Leadership

What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment.

Roy T. Bennett

In a year like we’ve just experienced, where the future was unknown in so many aspects of our lives, we missed many cherished events and our personal lives were turned upside down. Our work lives were also turned upside down. 2020 was a year of disruption for all of us; for many of us, these changes were exhausting and demotivating. One thing that 2020 taught all of us is that change is something we need to put up with and simply endure.

We Have No Choice but to Move Forward

When will it end? No one knows, and that might be what’s most frustrating – the uncertainty! The more we realize that we are under pressure, the more we understand that it is not uncommon to feel helpless or confused. And when we feel helpless or confused, we’re less able to be resilient.

Most of us handle many relatively small changes on a daily basis and manage to make it through our days well enough. But think about it – do all these little changes add up in your life and become something bigger? Do you notice that all these changes start to have a negative impact on your attitude and your work? That’s the case for many of us, leading us to realize that life isn’t always easy. (But does it always have to be so hard?)

The Importance of Resilience When Facing Uncertainty

Developing resilience skills can help you face challenges and difficulties in life, which can help you feel better and cope better. Resilience helps you handle your life’s stressors better – in a positive way. Learning how to let go of what you can’t control and adapting to change and adversity can help you move into a new mindset. A growth mindset.

As you begin your journey, you will find that developing resilience is a very personal process. We all react differently to stress and disruption; some people bounce back quickly while others tend to take longer. There is no magic formula or set of instructions. However, it does take knowledge of what can be done and a commitment to do it.  Remember, what works well for one person may not necessarily work for another, which is one of the biggest reasons we need to explore many strategies for developing a resilient mindset.

The Keys to Bouncing Back

The first suggestion is to know how change and stress affects you and have the courage to begin your journey to bounce back. This information can help you discover your own strategies that will allow you to be resilient in the face of the constant changes, whether in your personal or your professional life – or in both!

Second, know that it takes courage. You must have courage to be able to take risks and jump into the unknown. It is important to focus on what you can do, instead of what you can’t do. You need to be courageous enough to actively create opportunities, make connections, and take care of yourself. Having courage to create your own life – your own destiny – is not an easy thing to do. But remember, if you’re resilient, you can write your own story.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan

Annette M Cremo, Ph.D.

Chief Learning Officer

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