Setbacks are the name of the game in corporate Australia today, especially in an economy that is on the brink of recession, and in an era where everything is getting more expensive, yet wage growth is at an all-time low. Yet amongst rampant job losses, mortgages on the brink of default, and lives in dire need of a rebuild, there are stories of incredible hope. Of individuals who have pulled themselves through the tough times, only to come out the other end happier, and more successful than ever. So what, then, makes those individuals so unique? What quality do they possess that enables them turn even the most morbid situations into something they can leverage, and learn from? More often than not, this quality is an extraordinary capacity to recover from quickly from difficulties, otherwise known as resilience. But how do you become more resilient? Here’s three ways to boost your level of resilience:
A burden shared is a burden halved
Circumstances that often call for resilience are also too often characterised by loneliness. Say, for example, that you are made redundant. You face the dual burden of being separated from your colleagues, and having far too much time on your hands to wallow in the sorrow of your situation. Your loneliness quickly escalates into anxiety and depression, which, in turn has a profound negative effect on your job search. Then a negativity cycle begins.
Seeking company, and indeed, seeking help in uncertain situations is pivotal in helping to build resilience. Speaking to others about your situation can help you to place it in perspective, and start to build strategies to deal with it.
Look on the bright side
As difficult as it sounds, looking on the bright side, and trying to see positives in your situation can do wonders. As Richard Wiseman explains in his book ‘The Luck Factor,’ the difference between incredibly lucky and unlucky people is often their perspective on life, and their ability to make the most of negative situations.
Resilience and a positive attitude, then, go hand in hand. Seeing the positives in your life, however insignificant they may seem, will help you to feel more in control of your situation, and in turn, see and act on more opportunities when they arise.
Focus on what is within your control
A cycle of negative behaviour is often borne from not feeling in control – from feeling as if you are constantly peppered with unfortunate events and situations. Therefore, it is important to shift your locus of control to those things that you can actually influence.
For example, a redundancy cannot often be avoided. However, by focussing on what you can control – for example, your job searching and networking activity post-redundancy, you can start feeling like your destiny is in your own hands, and can influence it positively as a result.
Building resilience begins with sharing the burden looking on the bright side, and focussing on what is within your control, Of course, this is often easier said than done, and if employees within your organisation are struggling to learn the necessary skills, Teazl has comprehensive training on the topic.

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