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Resilience 101: To live or die, that is the question

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For long-term survival, you must become resilient. It is what will keep you productive and competitive. Loss and failure is almost inevitable in the long term for even what turns out to be one of the brightest stars in business of any kind. It’s how you handle these downturns that will write the end of your story. To thrive you must practice resilience. Resilience is what will help you to outlast your competitors. There are many ways to work towards this but let’s start with these few basic principles.

  1. Get accustomed to being uncomfortable.

Push yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. Start with low stakes situations and work your way up to higher stakes situations. You will succeed at some and not fare as well in others. However, you will gain confidence and learn that you can survive almost anything. You will learn to assess unfamiliar territory and the skills you need to navigate through them successfully. You may even discover that you lack some skills needed to be successful at certain tasks. As a result, you will know to tap into other resources and/or plan to develop those skills yourself.

  1. So you think, so shall you do. So, change your mindset!

After you have learned to weather the storm of discomfort, purposefully take on risks and challenges. Calculated risks pave the way to success. The “road less traveled” can lead to innovations that set you apart from the crowd. If you learn to reframe challenges and risks for yourself and potential clients, you can propel their projects and your career forward. Be a problem solver. Learn to manage crises and you will become a superstar!

  1. Be open to facing the unknown and perceived risks.

This will build your confidence in your ability to cope and the ability of those who follow you, whether it’s a client or your team. If you do, they will most likely support you all along the way. Resilience is not a “once and done” objective but an ongoing process that must be supported by a commitment to openness and the possibility of some loss. By being open to your team, organization, or client, you will build trust and greater resilience for all parties concerned. Not reaching the desired or highest goal will be less detrimental when everyone understands the risks and why you undertook them.

  1. Stay a part of the team.

The difference between a good leader and a great one is how they stay connected to their team. A great leader considers the needs of their team and the individual team members. By being and staying aware of their challenges, a great leader can help them weather the storm of doubt and failure if it comes to that.  Consequently, they will be less likely to lose faith in the team itself. By example, a great leader encourages a team-first attitude, which will lead to greater resilience for all members of an organization.

  1. Okay, now what?

It is in our nature to return to our old habits and the path of least resistance. Sometimes we don’t know how we got off track although our lack-luster growth demonstrates that we have. Check yourself. Are you creating resilience? Are you properly framing your results? Are you connecting with your team or clients in an authentic way? If you need a leadership tune-up, consider letting Coach Lily help you refocus so you can adhere to the good habits that will get you to the next level in your business and career.

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