Resilience Can Help You Live Longer – and Help Your Business Live Longer Too
Ella Fitzgerald sang that “Into each life some rain must fall.” She went on to say that “Into each heart some tears must fall; but some day the sun will shine.”
Do you have the resilience that you need to work through the tough times? Do you have the tools that you need to cope with the rain that falls on your business? Can you cope until the sun shines again?
When you can develop personal resilience, you will find it easier to develop a resilient business too.
How good are you at handling the day-to-day stress you experience in your business? Do you think that you have stress resilience? Resilience can be defined as your capacity for stress-related growth, or how you bounce back when life doesn’t go to plan. This means that it is very important to develop resilience for life’s every day hassles, as you have to deal with work issues – the stress of dealing with unhappy clients, staff conflicts, business finances and more on a regular basis.
No one has a perfect business. People who say that their business is perfect do not have inbuilt resilience and will struggle when something goes wrong. They are probably hiding from difficult or negative situations, rather than dealing with them.
In order to be able to deal with whatever your business throws at you, you need to develop a positive mental attitude and learn how to manage the negative situations that occur. One way in which you can do this is by accepting that negative situations do happen. Consider that while they might at first appear daunting, like a huge mountain to climb, your first step should be to step back and analyse the situation as part of the big picture. This will help prevent overwhelm or blind panic that many people first experience when something bad happens.
Take the time to think about what is happening. The situation might be difficult to handle, but what can you learn from it? Who can you ask for help? You know that you’ve probably dealt with worse before – how did you cope with those situations? Every day problems and challenges are never as bad in the morning when you’ve slept on them.
Remember also that while the situation might seem challenging, you probably know someone who is going through something worse and dealing with it very well. How do they cope with what they’re dealing with? Where does their resilience come from?
According to the research of leading psychologist, Susan Kobasa, there are three elements that are essential to resilience:
Challenge – resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from and as opportunities for growth. They don’t view them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-worth.
Commitment – resilient people are committed to their businesses and their goals; they have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment isn’t just restricted to their work – they commit to their relationships, their friendships and the causes they care about.
Personal Control – resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they have control over. Because they put their efforts where they can have the most impact, they feel empowered and confident. Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless and powerless to take action.
So the next time your business doesn’t quite go to plan, take the time to stop, look at the situation as part of the bigger picture and look at what you really need to do, in order to bounce back.
Do you have the resilience that you need to keep your business going? If you find that you struggle at times and you would like someone to talk to, why not call us for a chat? You can speak to Jonathan Lane on 07503 891 331, Patrick Doyle on 07425 150 238 or Pippa Hutchinson on 0746 843 7068. Or click here to email us and we’ll get in touch.