I’ve been MIA lately working on some personal growth and development.
One of the biggest takeaways I had from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program was about resilience. What does it mean to be a resilient leader in today’s world?
In all of my personality and interpersonal assessments, as well as in my 360 feedback, it shows that I often start to crumble under extreme stress. All my self-care tools go out the window, and I become singularly focused on achieving the goal. Whatever the goal is.
The truth is, I didn’t need a test to tell me that. When I feel tremendous pressure, I work myself day and night, feeling exhilarated by the task, and ignoring the signs that exhaustion is creeping in. I somehow think I can beat exhaustion – put it off for another day. Or that my energy will carry me through.
And yet, every time that I go down the path of “I just need to keep going for one more day,” I start to recognize the early warning signs of burn out.
I used to laugh at the idea of burn out. Until I felt it myself. Now I realize just how real it is.
When I push myself beyond my limits, I feel tired. I feel depressed. The slightest upset in my planning feels like the end of the world. And it becomes increasingly difficult to “bounce back”.
So what does resilience mean in this context. Rather than being resilient enough to just keep going, resilience is what you do to make sure you don’t reach the point of exhaustion to begin with. Resilience is setting up the tools and habits that you need from the beginning to support you to maintain your strength, and avoid reaching burn out.
Resilience, in essence, is how you maintain equilibrium under pressure, i.e. making sure you take care of yourself enough so that you are able to cope with stress in a healthy and productive way, regardless of how much pressure you are under.
Are you struggling to cope with stress and build up your resilience? Explore these 5 practices to remain calm, even under the most stressful circumstances.
5 Tips to Strengthen Your Resilience
Small changes in your day-to-day life can already have a huge impact on your resilience and overall well being. Don't try to tackle all of these behaviors at once. But select one from the list above and see how integrating it into your life can have an impact. (Hint: it takes 28-days to form a habit, why not start with ONE for the next 28-days and see what happens.)
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