How do I do this?
A good start is to take some time aside and ask yourself some key questions and then have the courage to ask close friends, co-workers and managers to answer them too. At time being self-aware can take some courage, asking for feedback and learning to receive it can be challenging, but without it we seldom grow.
- What are my strengths?
- What are the most important things in my life, what do I value, what do I feel passionate about?
- How do I describe myself?
- I am living in coherence with my beliefs and my values?
- Who are the most important people in my life?
- What is the quality of my relationships with others? Am I putting enough effort into the important relationships in my life?
- What is my goal in life? What are my goals for the near future?
- What’s my definition of success?
- What do I think about myself?
- Am I mostly thinking positive or negative thoughts?
- What do I want to portray to others?
- What stresses me out?
- How do I react when I am under pressure?
- How resilient am I?
- What do I do to look after myself?
- How am I doing at work? Am I putting enough effort into my work?
- What energises me?
- What bores me? Makes me feel tired?
- If you could not fail and if there were no limitations, if you could do anything, what would I choose to do? Etc.
When it comes to being victorious over the most complex circumstances, a positive mindset always works best. We now focus more about our mental well-being and that’s not just because more people are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression but because we are finally recognising its vital role when it comes one’s performance and engagement with other people, our work and one’s life in general.
To recognise the importance of mental wellbeing and resilience we can refer to the conclusions from several physiological studies (Beyond Trauma and Resilience, George A. Bonanno, 2006) as well as some of the first ones some 40 years ago (Garmezy, 1974).
These studies looked at why some individuals reacted differently when faced with challenging life events, why some people could experience post traumatic growth while others suffered for a long time.
Most of the studies came to the conclusion that being resilient played a key part in the process.
Resilience is often described as the ability to bend and not break, to bounce back in the face of adversity. This simple sentence is however hiding all the challenges behind learning to be resilient, the adjustments a person has to do in order to become stronger and grow.
There is a lot you can do to strengthen your personal resilience, in the following blog articles you will find 7 insights and practical tools to help you.
Marie claude Bouchet
Mental well-being, stress management, resilience etc.
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