Bad things can happen, and difficulties and challenges occur…resilient people have an uncanny ability to move through the challenges, and others believe reaction is the best way to proceed.
Resilient people (and leaders):
1. Evaluate situations and manifest possibilities.
2. See the glass half full rather than half empty.
3. Look at the total picture, rather than the immediate issue.
4. Derive strength from available support systems.
Resilient leaders are not excuse makers. They understand that there will be difficulties and use experience and clear understanding to work through challenges. They weather the storm, but they also have thought ahead enough to know that immediate reactions are not the most expedient way to resolve problems. They draw upon available supports, look beyond the barrier, and spend less time getting into emotional reactions, and more time working toward a solution that will move forward.
Consider: Have you ever experienced the energy of a resilient person? What does this feel and look like?
- The person smiles
- They don’t minimize issues, but they don’t let themselves go to lower levels of emotions – such as reactive behavior, blaming or vendettas.
- They allow people with negative energy to move beyond them, or they go around them.
- They like who they are, believe in themselves and others around them – they are loyal.
If you’ve ever been around one of these people, their energy and mannerisms can be contagious – if you allow it. Resiliency is the opposite of stress. Many people subject themselves to stressful reaction, rather than resilient response. The problems are still there, but the capacity to deal with issues is greater because there is a bigger reservoir of resources, ideas. Stress kills the capacity to think and respond. Personalizing the issue kills the ability to be response-able to generate a path forward.
One final consideration…
Examine your problem or stress areas. How do you respond? How well do you generate a way forward when consumed with reaction?