‘Mental resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and sources of stress.’
American Psychological Association
To put this another way, resilience is all about having the mental strength to deal with whatever pressures and challenges you are faced with. This power comes from being in control of your emotions and your responses to events; from this flows a confidence in yourself and your behaviour. One of the biggest contributors to the certainty of self I’m talking about here will be your sense of purpose.
We all approach life according to an overarching moral framework which we develop based on those principles which matter most to us: foundations such as integrity, kindness and compassion. This context then overlays all of our behaviour and the values we subscribe to. I’ve talked about how our values evolve and adapt throughout our lives according to big events – becoming parents, changing careers, losing loved ones. As certain elements become more or less relevant to our lives, so too our purpose evolves.
A rigid outlook on our purpose is as limiting as a fixed-mindset approach. As circumstances change, so too will that which motivates us and keeps us moving forward with drive. We can define our objectives by aligning our activities with our values and taking the time to reassess regularly as our situation develops.
To return to resilience, it is very much grounded in the openness to adapt to changing realities as your values shift throughout your life, all while maintaining your core principles. Being able to adjust your behaviour and outlook to ensure your purpose is being driven by relevant and productive thinking demonstrates the agility required to thrive, personally and in work situations.
When was the last time you checked in on yourself and your values? Does your purpose align with your current ethos and does that in turn reflect the situation you find yourself in? With the upheaval of the last few months, no matter what your personal or work situation looks like, now is the perfect opportunity to spend some time reflecting on and mapping out your values to see what work you need to do in terms of adjusting your purpose and mindset. Invest the time in yourself and you will develop greater resilience and agility within your life.
If you want to learn more about how a sense of purpose and resilience tie in to my approach to handling stress, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07837993241 and let’s get the conversation started.