The Factors That Determine Your Resilience
Developing your resilience is no easy task. There is no overnight “miracle” fix to make you more resilient. You need to work on your inner strengths and the external resources that you have at your disposal. We all deal with setbacks in our lives in different ways. Despite this, there are certain factors that will determine your resilience levels.
How do you handle your Emotions?
If you are facing a difficult setback in your life does this overwhelm you? We all have strong emotions that we need to control in the face of adversity. Letting a situation overwhelm you will not help you to overcome it and bounce back.
You need to control the emotions within you that can weaken your position in the face of adversity. Inner strength is required to face tough problems so you do not want any emotion sapping your precious energy. The way that you control your emotions impacts your resilience level.
If you have low levels of self-esteem you are probably going to have low levels of resilience. You do not have the confidence to tackle all of your problems head on and move forward with your life. Those people with high self-esteem tend to have higher levels of resilience as they believe in themselves more and have more capacity to deal with the unexpected.
You can boost your self-esteem in many ways and you need to do this if you want to be more resilient. Confidence is very important when facing adversity, so work on your self-esteem and confidence levels to build your resilience.
Your Social Network
Do you have people in your social network that you can turn to when you are facing adversity? Are there people that you can call upon that will offer you good advice and encourage you to keep going while tackling a difficult problem?
The people that you surround yourself with are an important factor in determining your resilience. Either these people can help to strengthen your resilience or they can drive your resilience levels down. You do not want a social network that will tell you to give up and that life sucks. Build a strong social network that will support you in times of adversity.
Your Problem Solving Skills
How good are your problem solving skills? Do you have a lot experience of solving difficult problems? Do you practice your problem solving skills regularly? The better your problem solving skills, the higher your resilience level is likely to be.
If you are confident that you can solve problems then you are less likely to be fearful of any setbacks in your life. You know that you can apply your problem solving skills to the situation so that you can solve the problem and move forward.
Are you able to anticipate problems before they arise? If you can then you will probably have a high level of resilience. When you anticipate a problem emerging, you can be prepared for it and take action to solve it before it appears.
It is one thing to have a social network in place that will support you, it is another to communicate the setback you face in a clear and concise way. If you are a good communicator then it is likely that you can get the help that you need quickly. This will usually mean that your resilience level is high.