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Blog : Personal resilience - managing the reaction not the uncontrollable


Personal resilience - managing the reaction not the uncontrollable

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Purple Cubed Business Development Director, Sally Brand, on achieving better results in 2016.

A wise man (Charles R. Swindoll) once said: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

Being able to handle situations and thoughts in the moment and bounce back – essentially being resilient – is a hugely beneficial personality trait. In today’s VUCA world resilience is vital for productive businesses (I am seeing it being adopted more and more as an organisational value, or behaviour) and happy individuals. Fact; life is not always easy. This affects people at all levels; from the boardroom to the floor. So how can people develop resilience?

Somebody who I believe can teach us all a lesson about it – both on a personal and business level - is Katie Piper. Katie was brutally attacked in 2008 and left with life changing injuries from sulphuric acid. At one point she believed her life was over and that she was “merely a burns victim”. However, through her own self-reflection and determination, she literally turned her life around and is now a successful philanthropist, entrepreneur, TV presenter, wife and mother. Whilst the vast majority of us will hopefully never have to face what Katie has, we can all look to hone the qualities and outlook on life that she has developed to garner such inspiring results.

In interviews Katie has commented on her focus on keeping positive and working on things that she can control, and accepting things that she cannot change. She has also spoken about the importance of keeping herself motivated with stories, goals and affirmations – essentially filling her head with positive thoughts and advice! In her book she writes: “When something stops you in your tracks, think: is this a problem or an opportunity? Once you’ve identified it, you can make it work for you”. Good advice indeed!

If you are interested in exploring the topic further, The American Psychological Association offers 10 insightful tips for building resilience here.

How do you ‘manage yourself’? What are your key personal resilience strategies for success?



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