According to the McKinsey Global Institute, resilience is the most important attribute that women need for success in the 21st century. We still face barriers to equality daily (hello BBC?) as well as career satisfaction.
In her new award-winning book; Shift Into Thrive: Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency, Lynn Schmidt highlights strategies specifically for all women to create resiliency both in and out of the workplace. She has kindly outlined 5 of them especially for Morello Life.
Here’s Lynn’s tips on how to create a positive future defined by growth, success, and satisfaction.
Here are five ways to build your resilience and thrive, not just survive.
Do you have the breadth in your professional and personal network that you need to withstand challenges? Probably not, as most of us don’t. We get caught up in our day-to-day jobs and comfortable in our daily routines. In order to achieve our goals, we need to intentionally expand our networks to ensure that we have the connections. Get off the sofa, and go meet some new friends and colleagues
Clarify your values.
When was the last time you clarified your values and ensured your job and life still aligns with what matters most? I bet it has been awhile, if ever. Early in our lives we may take time to define our values and our professional aspirations. Then we get heads down in our job and the years fly by. Before you know it, you discover you are stuck in a job or a situation that provides no satisfaction. Push pause, assess your values and how well your life aligns with what is important to you.
5 WAYS TO BUILD YOUR RESILIENCE
STEP 1. Network.
STEP 2. Clarify your values and ambitions.
STEP 3. Move away from the noise.
STEP 4. Don’t Focus on the negative.
STEP 5. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Get away from the noise.
How long do you go without checking your email or social media? Not long, would be my guess. In order to clear your mind and make room for creativity it’s important to get away from the noise. In our busy lives that may mean actually scheduling the time. How you do it is up to you. It could be yoga, meditation, mindfulness, or a long walk in nature. You’ll be amazed at the insights you’ll gain. Put on your comfy shoes, turn off the phone, and take a long walk alone.
Decline, then don’t.
When something unpleasant happens how long do you focus on the negative aspects of the situation? A long time, if you are like most people. Our brains naturally take us into negative thinking when we face challenges. Don’t focus on not thinking negatively, focus on moving into positive thinking as fast as you can. If you want to thrive determine how you can manage the challenge, versus the challenge managing you. Do some journaling to sort through the complex issues.
We were lucky enough to meet Lynn on a Creative Writing Course at Oxford University last year. Since meeting her Lynn’s book Shift into Thrive; Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resilency has rocketed to the top of the International Bestseller list on Amazon. It has also been named as one of the top 60 business books written by Women by Inc.com.
Huge congratulations to Lynn. Our work is still in progress………
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
When was the last time you pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone? Not recently, unless unlike most people you love change. Most of us dislike change and will do anything to avoid it. We get in our comfort zones and stay there, often deteriorating from the inside out as we cease to learn and grow. Building resilience requires facing your fears and getting uncomfortable. Start with something easy, take a new route home from work. Then build your courage to take on something important like a different job or a move to a new city.
It’s your choice. Make the decision to thrive today.
Dr. Lynn Schmidt is an expert in the field of leadership development, and her career focuses on providing leadership strategies to individuals, teams, and global organizations. She is a certified executive coach and has devoted her career to helping men and women thrive during times of personal and professional change. You can learn more at www.schmidtleadership.com.