It’s the ability to adapt in the face of difficulty. An increasingly critical skill when we’re faced with adversity, trauma and change. We take a look at what resilience is, why it’s important and how you can develop it.

Resiliency Definition

1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Whether it’s personal resilience or resilience at work, resilience is the ability to adapt, to change, to recover form failure and setbacks. Or, as Ann Masten describes it,  ‘Ordinary Magic’. Resilience in a sentence? We like to think of resilience as the capacity to bounce back when things don’t go to plan.

Why is resilience important?

Resilience helps us to manage stressful life events effectively and to protect ourselves against what might potentially be overwhelming experiences. The good news is that resilience can be learned. It’s a skill, the same as any other. Resilience psychology is a growing field and there is increasing empirical evidence to support the benefits of building resilience both personally and professionally. The ability to cope with pressure, maintain a positive mindset and come up with effective strategies when faced  with a barrage of stress are key skills in today’s turbulent business world. We can’t prevent the curve balls that life throws our way but we can give ourselves the best chance to manage them by developing resilience.

Resilience Examples

Think of people you know who have overcome setbacks and difficulties, You’ll notice they all have one thing in common. Some of our favourites?

J K Rowling, famously rejected by 12 different publishers. We don’t need to introduce you to Harry potter. She even has one of those rejection letters framed, it advises her to join a writers group for more experience. Need we say more

Steve Jobs. Dropping out of university was frowned upon when Jobs did it. He credits that time as the inspiration for doing what he loved. Apple was the result.

Oprah Winfrey. Described as “Unfit for TV” at the beginning of her career. Now the most successful women in the media. Winfrey overcame personal and professional setbacks to make it to where she is today.

Resilience Videos

Here are our top picks of resilience videos for you.

Dr Brian Marian on building resilience and wellbeing

Super Resilience TedTalk from Dr Greg Steinberg

Angela Lee Duckworth, Grit TedTalks

How to be Resilient at Work

As the intensity and pace of work increases, coping with those stressors demands new skills and strategies. Resilient workplaces flex with change, embracing and learning from failure. Yes, we said ’embrace’. Resilience is recognised as a key skill in the workplace, for employees, teams and leaders. Learning how to thrive under pressure is critical in today’s fast paced, increasingly complex business environment. Download our free Building a Resilient Workplace Toolkit to find out how to build resilience at work, build resilient teams, resilient leaders and create resilient organisations.

7 Resilience Skills

If you’re wondering how to become resilient emotionally we’ve put together 7 skills to help you become stress resilient at home and work.

  1. Connect. Forge relationships with colleagues, friends or family. Building and maintaining connections to others strengthens resilience.
  2.  Perspective. Avoid seeing crises all consuming. Life might throw you a curveball, it happens but it’s up to you how you interpret and respond to those events. Maintain perspective and emember that nothing lasts forever.
  3. Acceptance. Change is a part of life. Accepting what cannot be changed enables you to focus on circumstances that you can alter. Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t.
  4. Set Goals. we know from empirical research in positive psychology that people who set themselves goals and work towards them are more resilient. Set realistic goals and work towards them each day, recognising your accomplishments along the way. Ask yourself “What is the one thing that will make a difference?” that you can do every day.
  5. Take Action. It sounds obvious but taking action is key. Rather than ruminating, take decisive action to improve your situation.
  6. Develop a Positive Self Image . Recognise what you have achieved and develop confidence in your ability to solve problems. You’ve got what it takes and if you haven’t you’re on the road to developing it. Cultivate a self image that believes you can and will cope when stressful events happen.
  7. Self Care. Focus on what you need to maintain resilience. Engage in activities that will help you t be mate ready. Take regular exercise, eat well, nourish your mind and your body. Surround yourself with positive people and recharge after stressful events.

Resiliency Quotes

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela

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

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.” JK Rowling

“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

“Out of massive suffering emerged the strongest souls; the most massive character are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran

Resilience Training

We have a range of free resources, resilience materials, blogs and toolkits that will help you boost resilience at work so why not take a look? We also provide resilience at work programmes in a variety of formats; bitesize, half day and one day stress management and resilience at work training courses along with stress management consultancy. If you’d like more information drop us a line here Here we’d love to hear from you.