Entrepreneurship and leadership are like riding a roller coaster. There are lots of ups and downs along the way. How you emotionally handle the downs is important.
One of the defining skills of people who make it is resilience. Resilience is the skill that enables people to move through hardship and become better.
Three years ago, I rewired. I stepped into entrepreneurship fulltime. There were lots of challenges that came along with this change. One of those challenges is creating a sustainable business. There were days when I wondered if the effort was worth it. I had many a day of anxiety, fear and disappointment. I compared myself to others. I began to understand that in order to handle valleys of entrepreneurship it was important to manage my emotions. In essence, become resilient. When I began to believe that I am exactly where I need to be, I began to experience less fear and more flow. Many say resilience is a muscle and just like any muscle it needs to be exercised consciously. That means be aware and mindful of your actions. When my emotions started to get the best of me, I paused, breathed and asked myself “what would I prefer to feel?”
Journaling is a great tool for me. I began to note the actions that helped me shift to a place of peace. Below are some “resilience” habits I developed along the way. I invite you to try them on for size.
- Rely on your knowing. Remind yourself of strategies you have used in the past to overcome challenges. You have a wealth of experience and lessons you can tap into.
- Maintain a positive attitude. You are always at choice. A positive attitude will move you forward and will support you in moving past the hardship.
- Believe in yourself. If you believe that you can or you can’t, you are right. Look back at your successes where you believed in yourself.
- Focus on the ‘how’. How will you use the adversity to grow as a person and your business? When situations don’t go as you would like, just know there is a lesson to be learned.
- Control the meaning. Many times, we can’t control the circumstance and we can always control how we interpret those circumstances. I believe every situation is neutral until you give it meaning. This is where you ask yourself “how would I prefer to interpret this situation?”
Resilience is a skill that will propel your business forward. Exercise that muscle daily!
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