Resilience is the ability to bounce back when faced with adversity, whether in our personal or professional lives. It’s a vital skill to navigate life’s inevitable ups and downs. Fortunately, you can develop resilience through resilience training. It’s a skill like any other, and it can be learned and practised.
Whether you’re looking at developing your own resilience or building it in your staff, it’s an important determiner achievement. Resilient people are more likely to achieve success. And anyone who achieves success has done so through persistence, which is an essential component of resilience.
In our Developing Resilience training program, you’ll learn how to develop adaptability and perseverance to sharpen your focus, build confidence, stay open-minded and maintain a work-life balance.
You’ll also study motivation and how to manage people that hinder your efforts, and when to recognise that a goal’s not worth pursuing.
So, whether you’re ready to boost your own resilience or want to improve your team’s ability to achieve more – this course is ideal for you!
Outcomes achieved by undertaking resilience training include:
- What it takes to persevere
- Self-trust that supports and sustains perseverance
- Choosing people to include in a circle of trust
- Characteristics of resiliency
- Strategies for resilience to improve your perseverance
- Building balance and sharpening focus in the workplace
- Actions to regain resilience
- Persevering in the face of setbacks
- Tasks and activities that require perseverance
- Factoring perseverance into your goals
- Should you keep persevering at a goal
- Adjust your perseverance efforts
- Common obstacles
- People obstructing your efforts to persevere
- Staying motivated
- Taking a break from perseverance
- When to stop persevering toward a goal
What is Resilience?
Life’s full of twists and turns, and as much as we’d like to avoid adversity, there’s no getting around it. Everyone will have challenging times in their life. And, while we can’t stop the twists of fate dealing us cruel blows at times, we can control how we respond to the difficulties in our life.
The ability to bounce back from hard times is a result of our resilience. Resilience has been defined in many ways, such as “…the ability to bounce back from adversity, frustration, and misfortune…” (Ledesma, 2014: 1).
So, how do you know if you have enough resilience? There are many characteristics of a resilient person. It’s an important trait, so how you can develop more of it, and how do you harness it to achieve the greatest success after setbacks?
Characteristics of Resilience
Everyone is unique in the coping skills they use when confronted with a crisis or difficult situation. However, studies1 on resilience have identified key characteristics of resilient people, which include awareness of situations, their own emotional reactions and being attuned to the behaviour and feelings of others. It’s this awareness that helps resilient people maintain control and find new ways to deal with problems as they arise.
The following are other characteristics of resilience, which can be developed through resilience training.
Internal Locus of Control
This is a fancy psychological term that means people feel a sense of control. In other words, they think that their actions will have an impact on the outcome of an event. So, if you feel you have control over your life decisions and rarely blame outside sources for failures or difficulties, you’re demonstrating a ‘sense of control.’
When in a crisis, resilient people tend to find solutions that lead to favourable outcomes. They act calmly and rationally to find a successful resolution.
Having a support network is an essential factor when it comes to developing and maintaining resilience. Talking about challenging situations which help people to gain a sense of perspective, find solutions to problems and to release unpleasant emotions.
Resilient people don’t identify as victims of circumstance. Instead, they have a survivor mentality and look for ways to solve problems in their life.
Resourcefulness and Seeking Help
Resilience is developed through reaching out, whether for resilience training courses, other resources or by seeking professional help from psychologists and other mental health professionals.
Resilience in Organisational Development
The 2020 Global Resilience Report by The Resilience Institute reports that successful businesses reach two main organisational development objectives:
- Reduce risks and unnecessary suffering (prevent problems and pain)
- Raise the productivity and fulfilment of work (achieve more, enrich life)
In August 2020, CEO’s from 200 major corporations outlined the purpose of a modern corporation. As well as the above two objectives, it’s was stated that delivering shareholder value and investing in employees was essential.
Investing in human factors, through training and education, was identified as vital to developing new skills for a rapidly changing global business environment.
7 Recommendations for Leaders
The 2020 Global Resilience Report focused on seven recommendations for leaders who want to develop resilient people to achieve business success.
Know what leads success and lead to increase it
Businesses can prioritise training by knowing which human factors drive resilience.
Define and remove what compromises wellbeing and performance
Identify which risk factors successful people master and which factors associate with those who are struggling.
Assess needs and target training for measurable impact
Resilience training to reduce mental illness risk factors.
Understand people and direction of change
Challenge and support to help employees find optimal performance
Talent is grown or destroyed with leadership
A willingness for leaders to engage and lead by example is a key to resilience training success.
Think like a coach
Applying resilience training over time makes most impressive gains.
Pay attention and integrate human factors
Be curious about what drives success and failure.
Keen to improve your own resilience? Or do you want to boost resilience in your organisation? Our resilience training program, Developing Resilience, will enable you to confidently navigate life’s challenges and chase success at every twist and turn.
1 Hornor G. Resilience. J Pediatr Health Care. 2017;31(3):384-390. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.09.005.