"I fell and I got myself back up again": The Common Denominator in Successful Leaders

Updated: Jan 29

We all experienced setbacks. We see them happening around us. Some people suffer real hardships and are not shaken. Others cannot resist the weight and break down. Why? It is the power of RESILIENCE.

Whether in our professional careers or personal life the capacity to stay robust under conditions of enormous stress and change will determine who succeeds or fails. Let's have something clear; difficulties and hardships are on the way to success. Therefore we better be emotionally prepared to overcome them, are you with me?

What makes a person resilient?
How can we develop resilience?
What impact does resilience have in the corporate world?

According to the University of Cambridge "resilience consists of the characteristics that an individual possess and the environment." Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make a person resilient, such as a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Emotional intelligent individuals cope better with resilience than those who are not.

I will share three ways that have personally helped me to develop resilience:

1. Accept the situation and choose to write the narrative in a positive way.

Avoiding to be pulled into a denial mode. Embracing the moment of pain by looking at it as an opportunity to develop and endure a person's character will help in the process of acceptance. Resilient people are very down-to-earth and they accept reality as it comes.

2. Overcoming F.E.A.R (False Evidence Appearing Real) by facing it.

Practicing this has helped me greatly to become a more resilient person. Instead of looking at fear as an enemy I would see it as a challenge that would help me grow. This mindset allowed me to become less resistant to face fear because what we resist will persist. In the process of doing so, I would bring to memory prior situations where I was successful and I would visualize myself being able to succeed again. I am a firmer believer that sometimes we win and sometimes we learn. Therefore, when we value experience and learn for future occasions we are also succeeding.

3. Build creativity: use what you have.

At times, we might feel that we have reached the bottom and from that place we feel no hope. How much time do you allow yourself to stay in darkness? Although negative emotions are completely normal and healthy our attitude towards them needs to shift. There is something positive about them. They can help motivate us to take action, make changes in our lives, and maybe even change the world. Therefore, if the only thing you have are negative emotions, turn them into something beneficial. It is all about the perspective! We build resilience that way.

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change." Wayne Dyer

The power of resilience will share our life. I will share an example of how resilience works in the corporate world. Imagine an ambitious leader seeking to be promoted to a VP position and getting rejected. If that person practices resilience, she or he will develop and endure parts of their character that might be of great help for when they finally get the promotion. There are young leaders who want to be promoted but have yet to practice the value of resilience because it is a key aspect of emotional intelligence that will help them become successful leaders.

How will you develop resilience today?

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