Focus On Resilience, Resilience, Resilience

Building your resilience to stand strong against today’s challenges.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

Right now, the Coronavirus pandemic has blanketed many of us with negative emotions and dampened our ability to see beyond today. You may be experiencing feelings of powerlessness, fear, and confusion at work, and likely at home too. We can’t help but ask ourselves, how will we keep moving through each day, even each hour, during this time?

Resilience. Resilience will carry you through this time, and all the other good and bad times to come.

Earlier this year, I attended a conference where the concept of resilience was discussed and examined at a granular level. The session was lead by a psychologist who framed resilience as a characteristic, or state of mind, that requires authentic confidence combined with emotional flexibility. You must acknowledge insecurities about capabilities and challenges and deal with them in askillful, action-oriented way.The question, however, is how do we find enough strength and capability to keep pushing through this current state of fear and uncertainty and continue to work well?

Research from the fields of positive psychology and change management have conducted thousands of studies exploring all aspects of buildingresilience. The findings are clear: anyone can build resilience. The American Psychological Association suggests four areas of focus: building connections, fostering wellness, finding purpose, and embracing healthy thoughts.

You can easily jump-start your own resilience-building program. Grab your work journal (yes, you should have one) and start by exploring these three areas of your work life:

  • Support “I HAVE”: What are all the things you have in your work life that give you strength?  Think of all the people, groups, teams, and tangible support systems you have access to right now. If you’ve lost your job, it may feel like you have nothing, but dig deep. Connect with your network of peers, ask for help, ask for clarity about the resources that are available to you, call your local government employment office. The very act of being proactive will help build your resilience over time.
  • Capabilities “I CAN”: What are all the things you can do? This is where the action comes in to play. For instance, you can look for work, you can volunteer, you can share your knowledge and connections, you can help others with their work, etc. Know your capabilities and continuously remind yourself of all your actionable traits.
  • Self-efficacy “I AM”: What are all your internal strengths? For instance, “I am knowledgeable, compassionate, trustworthy, outgoing, and supportive”. Your internal strengths can guide you in times of trouble and as you continue to focus on each, you may notice other internal strengths will begin to bloom. Use these strengths to your advantage.

For most of us, using our own resources and the kinds of strategies listed are usually enough for building our internal resilience. If not, acknowledge your need and seek out professional help. Either way, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Building resilience in our work, and personal, life is a life-long journey.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

James Lee Unsplash

3 Coaching Exercises To Increase Your Emotional Resilience

by Ellen Million

How To Build Resilience While Responding to the Needs of Others

by Elizabeth Bishop

Resilience Is Your Greatest Strength

by Tasha Baird-Miller

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.