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Resilience – Monday Motivator 21 May 2018

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.”

Emory Austin


Hi lovely Motivation Seekers, how are you?  Hope you’ve had a brilliant week and managed to get some perseverance going after last week’s Motivator.  With the hype of the Royal wedding, you probably needed perseverance this week.  Either to persevere in avoiding it or persevering to find out all you can about it.  However you felt about it, I hope your week went well.

Last week, I mentioned that perseverance was essential for business success.  I was thinking during the week, as I spoke to various business people, that a series of Motivators could be helpful in finding out what it’s going to take to achieve business success.  So, I will do this over the next few weeks.  Please contact me if you have a particular issue that you would like me to cover for you.  Click here to email me.

One of the things that I think is vital in business is resilience.  The ability to bounce back when things are tough.  The ability to not take things personally.  The ability to realise that failure is just a stepping stone to something better.  I always tell business people that owning a business is an exercise in character building.  It is a light hearted comment, but it is also true.

When we started off in business many years ago, I can remember feeling deeply hurt if someone crossed us, or if someone had successes while we were still struggling.  Ridiculous to feel like that, but at that stage, we hadn’t built up our resilience.  We hadn’t been able to think abundantly and believe in ourselves.  All that comes through trial and error, through failures and triumphs along with the many highs and lows of daily life in the business world.

The biggest thing we got to realise was that  our attitudes and beliefs made the difference to the business.  If we approached it lightly, doing our best but approaching it like a game we want to play, then things would go a lot smoother.  When we got all serious and worried about it, it would all spiral out of control.

So what can you do to build that resilience?  As the song says, “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.”  If things go wrong, remind yourself that tomorrow is another day.  If it all seems insurmountable, break it down into little chunkable tasks, thinking about what you want to achieve and what little steps you can start taking towards that.  If you are still struggling, get help.  Find someone who is an expert in what you don’t know!  You don’t have to do it all alone.

A simple way to help build resilience is just to make time to look after yourself.  Make sure you eat well, that you get enough sleep and regular exercise.  So often in business, we neglect those aspects as we’re too busy doing all the stuff we think we need to be doing.  Looking after yourself first is your main priority.  If you just do that, you are mentally and physically in a place where you can be resilient.

A final tip is to make sure you take time to connect with others.  Spending quality time with family is a must, but even mixing with other business owners, can help immensely.  You won’t feel so alone and having to cope all by yourself.

Hope this all helps.  Please get in touch if you want to discuss any of this.  Have a brilliant week, building some great resilience.