WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

The word resilience comes from the Latin: Resilire, which means “go back”. It is associated with the ability that each person has to deal with their own problems, to survive and  overcome difficult moments , in the face of adverse situations and not to give in to pressure, regardless of the situation. 

Scholars on the subject say that we need this disorder, this chaos, to survive and grow. The benefit from the experience of stress makes the human being better than before. In addition, people who are resilient tend to lead more meaningful lives and develop more harmonious relationships with those around them, as they are individuals who have a more optimistic outlook on life.

And you, what do you do in times of adversity? What do you do when problems seem to haunt you? Are you the type that in the face of a setback cries, runs away or faces? Know that there are people who, in addition to facing problems, are still able to benefit from them, learn and grow emotionally. They have  reasons for never giving up  on their goals and objectives. People with these skills are considered resilient people.

I invite you to join me in this reading and better understand what resilience is, as well as its benefits for our personal, professional and even business development. 

The meaning of resilience

Resilience demonstrates whether or not a person knows how to work well under pressure. It is more than education, experience, training. An individual’s level of resilience determines who will succeed and who will get lost along the way. The more resilient someone is, the stronger and more prepared he will be to deal with life’s adversities.

Success is the result of numerous falls and defeats, which the individual can see as an opportunity for learning and growth. And resilience is the result of life learning, which makes it possible for anyone to develop it. Individuals who become resilient also have the ability to believe in themselves and are more confident in dealing with the challenges that arise along the way.

Did you know that those who have greater resilience produce better, are more focused and happier? Those who respond to the adversities of life with greater speed and flexibility, leave a moment of crisis much more easily than a person with a low resilience rate, as these tend to get stuck in the suffering or difficulty they are experiencing. The resilient individual is finding ways to renew himself in order to reach his greatest goal.

Advantages of being a resilient person

The term resilience came from physics to designate the ability of some materials to absorb impact and return to their original shape.

When it comes to human behavior, resilience is linked to the ability, as well as the ability that each person has to deal with and overcome adversity. To transform not-so-good experiences into learnings and opportunities for change, to turn things around and move on.

A resilient person is capable of facing crises, problems, traumas, losses, serious adversities, transformations, challenges and much more, elaborating the situations and recovering from them. The resilient person, in addition to withstanding the pressure, still learns from his difficulties and challenges, uses his flexibility to adapt and his creativity to find alternative solutions.

Characteristics of an individual with a high resilience rate

Resilient people have characteristics, which are easily identified by everyone around them. Check out some of them, below:

Self confidence

It is the conviction that one is able to do or accomplish something, and to do very well, achieving the desired goals. This personal competence is directly linked to high self-esteem .

Persistence

Demonstrates the ability of perseverance of people who have tenacity and willpower, with clear ideas, and who struggle, in order to accomplish what they set out to do. They are individuals who are aware that to “go further”, to win in life, they have to get up after the fall. They know that the real key to personal and professional success is the persistence of striving for a goal, regardless of obstacles.

Optimism

He believes that things can change for the better. It has hope on a large scale. He is proactive, effective and convinced of the ability to control his own life.

Empathy

Ability to communicate reciprocally with people, to be grateful, to speak the language of the recipient, in such a way that he is understood and understood. It is not, as is commonly believed, “putting yourself in the other’s shoes”, but really being willing to understand the other.

Creativity

It is associated with the ability to produce, to innovate, differentiating itself from common or traditional means. It is the process of becoming sensitive to problems, identifying the difficulty and seeking solutions. They are people who “think outside the box” and are willing to face challenges.

Flexibility

A flexible person adapts to different situations, activities and different environments very easily. This skill is advantageous, especially in companies with different sectors, which require varied performances, with multifaceted functions. Being flexible is the guarantee of a good interpersonal relationship within the company.

Knows how to deal with emotions

Resilient people are able to calmly face situations of great pressure and stress, get a good reading of the stressful environment and take away from it ways to reorient their behavior.

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Characteristics of an individual with a low resilience rate

Now is the time to analyze the profile of people who are not that resilient and still need to enhance this capacity in their personalities.

Difficulty making decisions

The person is very rational. The comfort zone prevents you from listing the positive points of each choice. Common situations like changing jobs, for example, leave them in a state of shock, paralysis and may reflect on not making the right choice.

Loss of self-confidence

Then comes the great failures, loss of employment, divorce,  breakup . Anyone who has been there knows what I’m talking about. Frustration and insecurity arise with the exposure of all feelings that we would not like to be seen by anyone. Self-esteem goes down and we lose our value. Many manage to move forward, except for those with low resilience.

Little creativity

He is unable to become sensitive to problems, difficulty in expanding knowledge, does not seek solutions, does not formulate hypotheses, does not communicate the results well.

Low emotional intelligence

The person with low resilience is unable to recognize and evaluate his or her feelings and the feelings of others. She has a hard time dealing with these feelings on a daily basis. It doesn’t handle your emotions at all well.

Pessimism

You always see the worst side of the situation. Even though the conditions are good, he sees only the negative side. Usually the pessimist usually contaminates the environment with his negative mood. Changing this picture is of major importance for your interpersonal relationships.

Conflicting emotions

It is a person who cannot work these emotions, cannot overcome them. It does not clearly identify them, however, to become aware that they exist and are yours is of utmost importance.

Difficulty in social relationships

She is unable to relate well with people, she has great difficulty in giving and receiving, she does not know the right moment to listen, or rather, only she wants to speak, and speak about herself, only. He is not interested in people’s lives, which, in many cases, is a behavior that leads to vanity, to pride.

If you are part of this group of individuals with low resilience, the good news is that, through Coaching, this human competence can be worked and developed, so that you have a better professional and personal performance.

Being resilient is knowing how to transform every form of negative energy into positive energy.

A set of beliefs makes flexibility – an important characteristic of the resilient – allowing him to overcome and transcend life’s obstacles. The resilient suffers losses, disappointments and, even so, as in the chorus of the song: “Get up, shake off the dust and come back on top”.

Resilience at work

In the midst of so much pressure and stress, and even the current economic situation in our country, which, although it may not seem like it, hits the most diverse types of work environments today, resilience is a key characteristic for organizations, which need to have a resilient workforce on their teams.

This is because, through this great capacity, people are able to work in a more assertive way, without being affected by the problems so much, focusing much more on solving them, than, specifically, on them themselves.

Thinking about it, that is, the importance of resilience in the work environment, I share below some tips on how to better develop your resilient characteristics, not only in the professional environment, but outside it as well.

Leverage your flexibility

The professional who has this well-defined characteristic, consequently handles conflicts very well, solves problems in the work routine more easily. It also means that they are people who tend to harmonize with the different circumstances that are presented to them.

Flexibility means not being stuck with just one way to deal with a problem. It is necessary to adapt to the different situations that arise. Still, it consists of considering varied perspectives on the situation that is being faced.

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Learn from past mistakes

Taking lessons from tasks that have already been performed is paramount to becoming a more resilient person and professional. Knowing how to learn from the mistakes previously made helps not to repeat them. Therefore, it is essential to focus on the positive part of these mistakes and think of different ways to act, in case you have to overcome a similar problem in the future.

It is important to focus on the different ways you can behave and not just what you did wrong in the past.

Have healthy habits

The activities you do outside of work hours will also help you to be a better professional. Often the stress that is generated due to the pressures of your profession will pile up, which makes it necessary, therefore, that you do not let it shake you in future situations, since this can lead you to make mistakes.

In this sense, it is therefore necessary to relieve stress. There are countless habits that you can adopt to keep your mind lighter. Some examples are the practice of physical exercises, even if they are for 30 or 20 minutes daily; practice activities that stimulate creativity, such as drawing or writing; reading books that are not related to your work; learn to meditate; among many others.

Cultivate positive relationships

Cultivating positive interpersonal relationships is of the utmost importance, because we are essentially social beings, so staying in prison is not exactly the answer to a better life.

Another aspect is that people in your social circle are able to teach you and show you another point of view about the things in your life, that way you learn to have a broader view of events and develop efficient ways to stand out and overcome the challenges.

Still, the people you trust, most likely, will be the ones who will support you or help you when you are going through a difficult time.

Developing your resilience is something you must truly invest in, as difficulties, challenges and changes are elements that are part of the life of each and every human being, that is, you will invariably go through them all. So, what will differentiate you and make you a prosperous and successful person, will be the way you will position yourself in front of each of the adverse situations that come your way.

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