What is your relationship with change?
Whether we embrace change, or are fearful of change, one thing is for certain, change is an inevitable aspect our lives, and often brings with it uncertainty and a level of discomfort. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, one skill that has had a level of impact on our ability to navigate change is being resilient. Whether in our professional or personal lives, our capacity to deal with uncertainty with perseverance becomes critical for our growth and success. Resilience has become a vital factor in navigating change and uncertain times and is critical in helping us to maintain positive wellbeing.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity and rebound from setbacks. Importantly, it is a skill that can be developed. We should all be building our resilience because it can help us manage stress, improve our performance, and build stronger relationships.
One of the fundamental aspects of resilience is the capacity to embrace the unknown. Change often brings with it a sense of uncertainty, and it’s natural to feel uneasy when faced with unfamiliar situations. However, resilient individuals choose to reframe uncertainty as a chance to explore new paths, challenge themselves, and expand their horizons. By cultivating a curiosity for the unknown, we can reframe our mindset from apprehension into excitement and embark on a journey of discovery.
One of the most important things we can do to build resilience is to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that our abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. It’s the opposite of a fixed mindset, which is a belief that our abilities are set in stone and cannot be changed.
Cultivating a growth mindset involves shifting our thinking from “I can’t do this” to “I can’t do this.. yet.” When we have a growth mindset, we are more likely to take on challenges and view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. This can help us bounce back from difficult situations and develop the resilience we need to succeed.
How can I build my resilience?
In addition to cultivating a growth mindset, there are other practical strategies we can use to build resilience.
Embracing change with a resilient mindset empowers us to tackle challenges head-on, see the learnings from setbacks as opportunities, and emerge stronger than before. By cultivating our connections, self-compassion, and practicing mindfulness, we can transform uncertainty into an image of opportunity. Remember, the only constant is change, but with resilience, we can take control of the situation and have the power to shape its impact on our journey to success.