Global Mindset Blog
June 4th, 2013
Do you ever ask yourself why some colleagues seem to be able to handle stress? Or why, after a long day at work, your colleague asks who wants to go for a drink, while you long for a comfortable evening at home? These individuals do exist – those who seem able to manage all kinds of stress without a problem and remain cheerful despite all the global work pressures. What characterizes these colleagues is their resilience. By not sticking their heads in the sand, but optimistically facing each new situation that arises in the international work world, the stress they endure does not leave negative effects.
What is resilience?
First of all the good news: resilience in not inborn, we can all learn to strengthen our resources, face difficulties, take on challenges, and grow. Resilience stands for taking a positive, winning view of things. It places resources and possibilities in focus – not dangers and deficits.
Resilience means being able to stand up to global pressures, being optimistic and flexible, taking responsibility and planning for the future. “But we always do it that way!” Is not something resilient employees would say. Instead, their motto would be, “Let’s try something new.”
Why is resilience important for you
Those who are able to see professional changes and global challenges as an opportunity leave less room for stress to develop. For whatever we achieve and master creates optimism and contributes to our sense of self-confidence. By discovering your resilient capacities, using them, and expanding them, you can lower your own stress level. You will notice that much of what once might have been a source of stress no longer throws you off track so easily. Not only are you doing something for your physical and mental well-being, but you are also promoting your ability to achieve at work. In the end, the whole team profits from a working environment in which stress no longer dominates.
How to strengthen your resilience
Anyone can learn resilience. You can strengthen your resources best by working on your personality and your attitude. Leave the victim role behind and see the possibilities offered by supposed stress situations. A long-distance business trip to a global location need not only entail travel stress, but can also allow you insights into other cultures. Taking personal responsibility can show your special leadership qualities and help you develop a global mindset. And after many hours of overtime in order to finish an important project, you can look forward to the free time that awaits you.
Resilience is not something that comes from one day to the next, it has to be lived and learned. With each small step, you stand up to your stress and no longer allow it to gain the upper hand.
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Reprinted with permission from Global Health Management at SAP.