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Building Resilience: Knowing When and How to Adapt

Updated: May 7, 2021

I am a strong advocate for building resilience – there’s no secret about that.

Although it doesn’t make the challenges that come your way disappear, neither in your professional nor your personal life, resilience makes all the difference in how you go through these situations AND what comes afterwards.

In the last blog post I talked about the first strategy for building resilience – The Power of Connection.

I explained why it is important to build authentic, valuable connections with our peers, followed by 3 simple, yet very efficient techniques to strengthen your relationships.

I strongly recommend you check it out if you didn’t get the chance, before reading the rest of this article.

Now, adaptability comes hand in hand with our survival instinct, so no wonder it turned into the buzzword of the pandemic.

From staying at home 24/7, working remotely, to some of us needing to adapt to being alone more, others on the contrary, learned what it’s like sharing more time with our peers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

And guess what?

Pretty soon we'll have to adapt to new situations.

Needless to say, this kind of reactive behavior is not sustainable on the long run for neither of us. To build resilience and be prepared for tough times, you need to start taking proactive steps.

Here are a few tips to develop your adaptability:

1. Stay positive

Optimism is essential to maintain a good attitude. Accept the fact that your new situation might not be perfect, but your previous situation probably wasn’t either.

Think about how you can best leverage your skills, experiences and network to maximize new opportunities. People are less likely to engage with those who have a negative attitude.

2. Think and reflect

Take time to relax and think about what you’ve already accomplished and how that supports your future goals. Think about what skills you need to develop, what people you need to meet and review the entire situation.

Talk with your friends, colleagues, or even your manager, so that they realize what you’re looking for and where you want to be going in your life.

3. Keep your perspective

It is well known that people have several jobs or careers in their lifetime and companies move employees based on current needs. Change happens whether you like it or not, accept that reality.

The good thing about change is that it can prevent you from getting bored, and provides new challenges to perhaps work on projects that you haven’t done before.

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