Why is it that some people can handle stress with relative ease, and even seem to thrive on it – while others crack under the pressure? Running a business can be extremely challenging, so it’s crucial to be conscious of how we are really dealing with stress. We need to identify stress triggers, seek out support, and take positive action. How we cope with different situations affects our relationships with family, friends, and colleagues, and can even affect our long-term health, so improving our resilience is key to mental and physical well-being.
Having a resilient mindset doesn’t mean we avoid negative events in our personal lives and at work – it just means we handle challenging situations more effectively. In this chapter, we’ll look at the best strategies for developing a resilient mindset. We’ll learn that it’s not just about positive thinking, but also about looking at situations from different perspectives and challenging our own self-perceptions.
Those with a resilient mindset possess the skills that help them cope with adverse situations with confidence. But what are the characteristics of resilient people? How do they cope with stress and still remain so positive and productive? If you want to boost your resilient mindset and work more productively, here are some simple yet powerful strategies to help you on your way.
Stay in Control
Knowing what you can and cannot control is an essential part of stress management. When we think we are unable to handle what is demanded of us, our stress levels will increase. This is why it’s vital to be realistic about what tasks we can realistically manage by ourselves. An important part of this is organization and planning, but there are times when it’s important to accept that some situations are beyond our control.
The people that are best at managing their stress levels are those that recognize when they have control and when they don’t. They can then focus their time and energy on dealing with situations that they can manage efficiently. Delegating tasks to other people who have more time or skill to complete them effectively will actually help you feel more empowered. This doesn’t mean you should always avoid difficult situations. You need to interpret a challenging situation as an opportunity for growth.
Self-discipline and self-control are a major part of a resilient mindset. You need to accept responsibility for your own behaviour, be flexible enough to think of different solutions before you take action, and remember that with patience you can find solutions to problems that at first may seem impossible to handle.
Redefine Your Negative Scripts
One characteristic of people that don’t have the resilient mindset is that all their emotions become negative when they encounter difficulties. It’s important to embrace both the positive and negative emotions even when the going gets tough. There’s nothing wrong with feeling frustrated with an outcome or regretting acting in a certain way – it’s how you deal with the aftermath that counts.
Resilient people always look for the positive aspects in every situation. For example, if you receive a customer complaint, instead of letting it damage your confidence, figure out how you can turn the negative into a positive. You could offer the customer a discount on a future purchase, send a personal email that goes beyond “normal” customer service, and look at how you can improve your procedures to prevent similar complaints from happening at all. Every action can improve your business reputation. You have simply turned a negative situation to your advantage.
We all have negative thoughts from time to time. They can come when we feel ill, or when we’re experiencing low self-esteem. Don’t ignore your negative emotions, but let them sit alongside positive feelings. This will help you build a natural resilience against potentially negative situations in the future. If you find yourself constantly saying or doing ineffective things when faced with stressful situations, look at how you can redefine this negativity. The resilient mindset is brought about by identifying weaknesses and coming up with a realistic plan of action to change counterproductive behaviours. Change can only take place when we take positive action.
See Things from a Different Perspective
Another characteristic of resilient people is their ability to see situations from different perspectives. Are you sometimes guilty of thinking too much about your own feelings and not considering how other people may see a particular situation? Being able to see another person’s point of view is critical in problem solving and ensuring you develop positive relationships with colleagues. Look at how you say things to other people. Are the words you use encouraging other people to really listen to you and respond positively? Or do you need to change your behaviour so that others change their behavior toward you?
Effective communication is a key part of a successful workforce. It involves recognizing how your verbal and non-verbal communication methods are perceived by others. If you want more respect, listen to others and respond in a way that shows you understand their feelings and then offer realistic solutions. If you don’t seem to care about how others feel, people will never feel confident working with you and this negativity will result in a less productive atmosphere. Try to behave toward others in the same way that you would like them to behave toward you.
Learn to Accept Yourself
When you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you have a much better chance of tackling new challenges confidently. To develop a resilient mindset, you need to accept the things that you cannot change about yourself. It means being realistic about your goals and achievements and being honest about your strong points and also your limitations. The more you learn about yourself in a business environment, the easier it will be to form practical solutions that don’t compromise your values.
When you don’t have a resilient mindset, you tend to credit your successes to good luck or to something beyond your control. It’s important to claim your victories for yourself and take pride in your ability to handle various situations. You are then more likely to handle future situations with confidence. Resilient people have a habit of working to their strengths and this ultimately results in boosting their confidence. Do you make sure you use your strengths to your advantage?
Learn to Manage Mistakes
How we react to mistakes and failure is an important part of a resilient mindset. Think about the last time you made a mistake. How did you react? Did you blame yourself or another person? Or did you think it was beyond anyone’s control? Non-resilient people often feel defeated and their confidence is damaged. Resilient people think of mistakes as opportunities for growth. Next time you encounter a mistake in business or in your personal life, observe how you react. It should give you a clue as to how resilient you are and help you change how you react in the future.
Learning from your mistakes is also a great way to relieve stress in the long term. It can be difficult to see mistakes objectively sometimes – especially when we are too close to the situation. Here are a few techniques for turning mistakes into positive opportunities:
- View mistakes differently. Don’t think of a mistake as a failure. It is an opportunity for learning valuable information about yourself and others that can lead to more successes in the future.
- Ask questions. Ask people close to you for constructive feedback. Other people can often see situations from a fresh perspective, especially if you are too involved in a certain situation.
- Accept mistakes. They are a part of life. Along with positive experiences, they make our lives richer. You can always learn from your mistakes in some way. They are a part of how we grow into unique individuals.
Make Meaningful Connections
It’s a fact that our psychological health is dependent upon our social relationships. The more social support we have, the more likely we are to succeed in whatever we’re doing. This is why the most successful business people build a solid group of people around them to help with the many daily tasks of running a business. Successful people thrive around positive people. Those with a resilient mindset surround themselves with people they know will improve their energy levels and boost productivity. Make sure you maximize the time you spend with people that make you perform better – and limit the time you spend with people that suppress your enthusiasm and damage your positive state of mind.
It’s hard to hold onto a resilient mindset if we do not constantly strive to form meaningful relationships with the strongest people around us. Our resilience will also be strengthened if we support others and make the most of every opportunity to help others be more resilient themselves.
Find New Challenges
The most resilient people are skilled at adapting to changing circumstances, and even enjoy it when they are tested in unusual circumstances. Being highly flexible is a common personality trait of resilient people. They see new challenges as opportunities to better themselves and feel a greater sense of achievement when succeeding in something new. Even if the risk of failure is greater, it is important to challenge yourself to succeed in more difficult circumstances. The sense of pride at succeeding is so much greater when we test ourselves and succeed even when the situation may at first seem incredibly difficult to handle.
New challenges make running a business more interesting. They put your resilient mindset to the test and help you become a more versatile individual. Actively seeking out new challenges will strengthen your resilience in the long run and help you handle potentially stressful situations with ease.
Taking It Further
Sustaining a resilient mindset can be a struggle, particularly if you are new to this way of thinking. But with practice, patience, and persistence, it can become a natural part of your character and help you achieve more in your personal and professional life than you ever thought possible. Once you learn how to take control of difficult situations, exercise positivity, accept your weaknesses, turn negative situations into positive experiences, and start to surround yourself with other like-minded individuals, you can work more effectively and ultimately fulfill more of your ambitions.
Many people in business fail to develop resilience and let stress get in the way of productivity. Keep these strategies in mind and you can learn how to become a stronger individual and make the most out of future challenges in your professional and personal life. Remember that changing the way you respond to difficult situations will not necessarily happen overnight, but each small step leads you closer toward a more resilient mindset.
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