We hear a lot about resilience at the moment, particularly with regards to children and their need to develop “some”.
Resilience, the ability to bounce back following a difficulty or challenge, is becoming more important than ever in managing our careers. With the career landscape today being so complex, unpredictable and fast changing, resilience is imperative to keep moving in a positive direction as we inevitably encounter highs and lows.
It’s a good idea to have a resilience strategy before you need to call on it.
- Take time to really know what your strengths are so you can readily articulate them and identify which ones will serve you best in a challenging situation. If you are a list person, make a list.
- What are the resources that you have available to you (your relationships, your skills, in your environment) and how can you use them in a difficult situation? Think as broadly as possible, as we can have a tendency to close in on ourselves in challenging times.
Whether we are responding to a change foisted upon us, or we are proactively taking action, knowing our resilience strategy could save time, minimise heartache and get better immediate and longer term outcomes.
What influences your decision making?
When you have to make a decision, do you calmly and objectively collect the facts, weigh up the pros and cons and make a cool and considered choice? Or are you more inclined to go with your gut feeling – perhaps you collect some information, but in the end you decide on what just feels right or on the basis of how others will be affected by the decision?
There are some working environments where that ability to be objective and make sometimes tough decisions is essential and if you prefer taking other people’s feelings into account, then you will find this kind of environment tough.
Does change and variety excite you or wear you out?
Are you a planner? If you like making lists and knowing what is coming next, then a structured work environment will feel comfortable for you. But for others it will feel like a straitjacket.
Some jobs will require you to be constantly on your toes adapting to day-to-day changes. Does this appeal to you or leave you feeling exhausted just at the thought of it?
So just from that brief overview, I think you can see how important it is to understand what your own personality preferences are.