Professional Development

How to Become More Professionally Resilient

Dora Segall
By: Dora Segall
Oct 22, 2020 • 5 min read

How to Become More Professionally Resilient

Professional success takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Resilience is the key to pushing yourself through challenging moments to more rewarding ones. Here are some ways that you can become more professionally resilient in your career and accomplish your goals!

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What is Resilience?

Psychology Today defines resilience as “the psychological quality that allows some people to be knocked down by the adversities of life and come back at least as strong as before.” While difficult situations may discourage many people from striving toward a goal, those with a lot of resilience can learn and heal from such moments. When it comes to your career, you’re bound to face blows that knock you down a peg psychologically. These can be small things, such as giving a bad presentation, or big ones like losing your job. However, what matters in the long run is less the obstacles you encounter and more your response to them. If you learn to be resilient, you can push through tough times and become stronger and wiser from them.

Why Resilience Matters

Resilience is a soft skill, meaning one which is not formally taught (as opposed to hard skills like data analysis or editing). But that doesn’t make it less important than any hard skill. Resilience is linked to several positive workplace outcomes, according to,  including increased communication and collaboration with coworkers, perseverance, and stress management. This makes it crucial for any career path. Resilience gives you the ability to rise above a wide range of challenges. Consider it a psychological shield. Whether you have a toxic coworker, crack under the pressure of a tight deadline, or find yourself facing unexpected changes to your workplace culture (hello, COVID), you can develop the ability to approach unideal situations with confidence and grit.

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Practice Mindfulness

When we are stressed out, it’s easy to catastrophize. Reacting mindfully to workplace stressors can help you develop more realistic expectations when things go awry. For instance, if you realize that you forgot to follow up with an important client, stop and take a few deep breaths. Then, think about the situation. How much time has passed since you were supposed to email or call? Was the email or call an incredibly important one? When you slow down and answer these questions, you will respond to problems with a new game plan rather than dwelling on past mistakes. This will help you move forward calmly and efficiently.

Achieve Work-life Balance

It’s hard to bounce back from hardships if we don’t give ourselves breathing room to recover from them. Though you should take some downtime on a nightly basis, it’s especially important to do so when you’re having a hard time at work. Stopping to recharge can help you clear your head and work more efficiently later. If you work from home, consider setting a daily time cutoff for checking emails and having meetings. This will help you separate your personal and professional life and take enough time for yourself.

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Be Patient

It’s a cliche, but professional success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important to accept that failure is a part of life. The sooner you can embrace your mistakes at work, the quicker you will start to truly learn from them. Set goals, and allow your plan for meeting them to evolve as the circumstances around you change.

Step Outside Yourself

Often, the best way to achieve the healthiest mentality for yourself is to treat yourself like you would a friend or coworker. If someone else told you they were struggling at work, what advice would you give them? You probably would first tell them, unless they’d done something really horrible, not to beat themself up too much. Then, you might give them pointers, like trying to adapt to changes in the workplace or work harder than usual to complete a particularly difficult assignment. Think about this hypothetical conversation, and then try applying it to your own situation. Helping yourself like you would a friend will prevent you from responding counter-productively to adversity in favor of the more effective approaches.

Resilience is one of the most powerful tools you can use to become your best self. Teach yourself to bounce back from difficult situations now to adapt to all the changes 2020 has brought. Once you’ve learned to become resilient, you’ll be able to move towards your goals no matter what else life throws at you.

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