One of the key elements in building our own personal resilience is finding our passion…. our sense of purpose. Our goals in both the short and long-term should be selected with this in mind. The personal satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from doing work we love should be a goal in and of itself, as a goal that calls for work we hate may be too hard to achieve.
Some people find it difficult to pinpoint what they want, but may be quite clear about what they don’t want. So if we can start by listing what we don’t want to be or have, that will help shape our think about what we do want.
If we have a large, seemingly unattainable goal, break it down into smaller tasks. Taking on a huge goal all at once can quickly become overwhelming. Instead, break the goal down into as many small, simple tasks as possible. Then, focus on accomplishing each of those tasks. Before we know it, all of our small efforts will add up, allowing us to reach our larger goal.
Building resilience can be an intimate and challenging process. How about starting a journal detailing your goals? This can help visualise progress and determine optimal timelines for personal goals. We can also use this journal to detail obstacles and successes along the way – you may find your work is reaping more than you’d imagine!
We can maximise our work time by allowing ourselves more time for breaks. This may seem wrong, but the truth is that more breaks give us a chance to relax and recharge ourselves. When we return to the work at hand, we should be more focused and get more things accomplished.
We must make sure we know how to balance the various goals in our lives and never be too harsh with ourselves. We might find our confidence takes a hit from a loud inner critic. At the same time, we should also be flexible. Failing to reach certain goals can be a tough blow to recover from, but learning to forgive ourselves makes a big difference to keeping motivated.
Sometimes a goal that is perceived to be a good thing may end up being bad. So knowing when to let go and refine your goals is also important. When we turn our attention to the lessons learned and the positive outcome of living out that goal, we’ll be able to see the bigger picture and realise that nothing is ever lost or wasted.
People can get depression or anxiety because they are overwhelmed. By taking even one hour out of your day to just relax, read a book, go for a run, practice some yoga or meditation, your mind is more stable to handle important matters.
Things that limit our personal resilience often stem from a negative state of mind. This inhibits our ability to become more and attain more as a human in regards to our careers, finances or our emotional and physical states. If we limit our beliefs and disregard all of the positive qualities about ourselves, we will not be able to move forward and build our personal resilience.
As you may now be starting to understand, building personal resilience is not difficult but it is a journey during which our lives and aspirations change as we grow and develop. It takes time to practice and build new skills but if we have goals that mean a lot to us we can say no to other things and be well on the way to reaching our goals, creating change and building resilience.