Developing resilience

Publication date: 10 January 2019
Article type: Blogs and Articles

For many of us our Monday to Friday contains a fair bit of rushing; to catch the train to work, meet a client or finish a project on time. On top of this things don’t always go according to plan, whether it’s the smaller inconveniences like missing the bus to work (again!) or more significant disappointments, like losing a sale, missing a deadline or missing out on a promotion. 

In many ways our success depends on how we deal with these challenges, how we cope with the stress and disappointment and how we move on. That ability is called resilience.

Resilience is something you can develop; it’s about adopting certain behaviours that will make navigating the difficult times easier. Our animated explainer video, ‘Resilience Explained’, neatly sums up six key areas you have to pay attention to in order to become more resilient: your attitude, responses, commitment, control, relationships and health.

All of these six key areas are discussed in detail within our ‘Developing Resilience’ learning path, with ‘The importance of assertiveness’ and ‘If you want to be resilient, be more optimistic’ explaining how to create that positive attitude that is so crucial to building your resilience.

Meanwhile, career coach Julia Gardner offers advice on how to respond to difficult situations in ‘Coping with stress and pressure’ as well as explaining how to deal with (potentially disappointing) feedback in ‘Receiving and acting on feedback positively.’

While on the one hand resilience is all about flexibility and being able to roll with the punches, you’ll also have to make sure you’re firmly grounded so that those punches don’t knock you off course.

This means being committed to your goals, having an awareness of the things you have control over and those you don’t and having trusting relationships to fall back on. Julia delves deeper into these concepts in ‘Resilience is a key career skill.’

Last but not least, to be truly resilient, it’s of the utmost importance that you take care of yourself. In ‘Developing your resilience’ career coach Tiffany Bowles explores how taking care of your mental and physical health is key to becoming more resilient, while Amanda Wildman emphasises the importance of getting in touch with your emotions in ‘Emotional intelligence & the link to resilience’.

While six areas may seem like a lot to work on, you’ll find that once you start working on one, the rest will follow. So, when you get clarity on your goals, you’ll be in a better place to seek out those relationships that can truly support you. Likewise, once you get serious about your health, coping with stress will also become easier. So what are you waiting for? Time to take that first step!