How to use Resilience to Give Yourself Definition



Self-care in its true essence is our need to nurture our power. The feelings of being accepted, empowered and self-aware all start within ourselves. By working on self-care, you will discover and channel these feelings. Whether you are looking for promotion in the organisation you work for, or you run your own business, developing self-awareness is one of the most important elements to success.

What does the word ‘resilient’ mean to YOU?

Frustrating as it might be, we are not all good at everything. Acknowledging and celebrating your strengths and accepting your weaknesses will stand you in good stead as you progress through your career.

Whenever you come across a difficult situation, being resilient means uplifting yourself from the negative and transforming pain into possibility, rather than letting your emotions get the best of you and becoming paralyzed by fear.


The Importance of Self Worth

As well as being resilient, it’s important to have a healthy self-worth. This enables you to connect well with others and to have good relationships at work without stress or conflict. So, what can we do to determine our own worth and position ourselves in the workplace?

  • Keep a visual list or board of your ‘wins’, or the moments when you know you have had a positive experience and a success.
  • Set boundaries at work and stick to them. Knowing your limits is vital to keeping your mind healthy, and it’s OK to say no sometimes.
  • Set goals which are realistic, achievable and measurable. Setting goals is great for increasing motivation and achieving them is even better for building confidence.
  • Be Kind to Yourself, and make sure you set aside time for your own needs as well as the needs of those around you.
  • Reward Yourself when you have achieved a goal or met a deadline. It’s important that we allow ourselves to celebrate our own successes

The First Impression is the Last Impression

First impressions matter, for both good and bad reasons. Making a good first impression can make or break an opportunity, in both your business and personal life.

How knowing who you are can help in Getting a New Job

Knowing what you can offer to your employers is essential to progression. Give yourself an edge by clearly defining your skill set and clear of the benefit these skills bring to your employers.

One way to develop your own ‘elevator pitch’ is by identifying our core talents. This helps you get straight to the essence of what you do well at work. One suggested way of starting this is by exploring your identity, uniqueness or unique gift and purpose.

Try undertaking the following exercise:

Identity: define who you are in three words. Choose three qualities that describe how you do your work.
Uniqueness: in one to three words write a statement of your unique talent.
Purpose: in one sentence take a broad view of the meaning of your work and what you are here to do.


Using your own Resilience to Boost Teamwork Skills

Your resilience as a team leader has a substantial amount of impact on how your team works together and how their teamwork skills develop over time. It is vital as a leader to encourage mindfulness and trust within a team, which motivates team members to give their best and improves performance. Being calm, composed and resilient in the face of adversity can boost team morale and help to keep people focussed on the team goals.


Very few of us can completely fix our flaws and turn them into strengths, so be kind to yourself and think strategically to identify the elements of your role you love and the bits you enjoy less. If you are a manager or business owner, accepting your weaknesses means you will be comfortable delegating the areas of your work you know you struggle with, thus freeing yourself to focus on the things you do best.

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