When you think of resilience, what does it mean?
Broadly, it can be taken as the ability to bounce back from adversity. However, there is more to it than this.
One thing it isn’t is being ‘tough’. Sometimes sticking things out and carrying on regardless can lead to a situation becoming worse.
It does, however, involve learning from experiences and using this knowledge to change the situation.
This is called having a growth mindset.
Many people have what is known as a ‘fixed mindset’. This is characterised by negative thinking, especially when we’re faced with a challenge or stressful event.
We automatically think we’re doomed to fail, or that the worst will happen and that there’s nothing we can do about it.
Unfortunately, this leads to negative behaviour, such as never trying anything new out of fear. It sadly means we can never improve anything, or even feel threatened by the success of others. It can be a hard cycle to break.
Luckily, we can change this. There is a way to build up resilience. It starts by being self-aware, and having a willingness to change.
A growth mindset alters the way we think about the world. It involves realising that very often we have choices in life, and that we can influence the things we have control over.
The next step is following your growth mindset voice. With practice, it becomes easier, we become more optimistic, and – most importantly – we become more resilient.
To learn techniques on how to gain a growth mindset, we’d recommend our Developing Resilience eLearning course.