At mind change, we know that personal resilience can be learned, improved and enhanced.
Personal resilience has been defined as the capacity to mobilise personal resources to overcome adverse events and experiences” (Mowbray, 2011).
Arguably the only guarantee in the work and life is change. Therefore, developing resilience is a key skill to help us navigate the challenges and cope with life’s demands. Sometimes, we need to know when ‘good’ is good enough.
Just look at the resilience of Abraham Lincoln – 16th President of the United States 1861 – 1865.
- Lincoln failed in his first business.
- He lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket.
- The unknown Lincoln was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate in 1856 at the Republican convention.
- He ran for the U.S. Senate twice and lost.
- Lincoln also battled depression for much of his life.
One wonders how the course of American history would have changed had Lincoln just gave up.
Extensive research on the elements and characteristics of resilience has identified the beneficial aspects of positive psychology and the importance of resilience to employee wellbeing and performance in the workplace.
It has shown that high levels of resilience can help individuals to recover more quickly from setbacks, have lower levels of stress, improved job performance, and have more positive attitudes to sustain high levels of wellbeing and happiness at work and in life. Those will lower resilience tend to have a narrower and more negative focus.
It has also found that resilience can be developed and that training has a number of benefits such as enhanced psychological and social functioning as well as improved performance.
We offer a range of services to support individuals to broaden and build their resilience:
Workshops: open programmes and delivered in house.
Find out more about our workshops.