We all experience adversity and the need for change throughout our lives. Some days everything seems against us, other days maybe a few things disrupt our flow, rare days are those when everything we try works out. To get through adverse situations, to make change transformational, we must show grit, be resilient, and strive to succeed.

Change creates disruption. When your organisation or team is facing a change, the people within those structures feel, to varying degrees, that they have lost a sense of control. They spend mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energy to regain it. Some are better at it than others.

No one is protected from facing difficult situations in life. So, why do some people bounce back and others get stuck? Psychologists have found repeatedly that people with a strong sense of purpose experience more resilience, a stronger sense of well-being and even better cognitive functioning.

The very idea of morality relies on viewing humans not as machines but as conscious agents capable of making choices and taking responsibility for their actions.

I recently led a session for some Salesforce leaders on resilience, here are some of the questions we used to help:

  • Why are you?
  • Why do you get up in the morning?
  • What keeps you awake at night?
  • When are you most alive?
  • What does being successful mean to you?
  • How might you apply your gifts to a pursuit that is of deep interest to you and helps others?
  • What can you do to make a difference in one person’s life, today?
  • What is your sentence (if you summarised your purpose in one 140 character sentence, what would it be)?
  • If you say yes to living purposefully, what do you say no to?
  • If you met an older version of yourself, what sage advice would they give you?

Wellbeing: You come first!

“Self care is to giving the world the best of you, instead what is left of you”

Ask yourself: “How am I doing?” From my experience I see life as a balancing act of actions and choices, guided by a strong moral compass. Staying resilient needs grit and balance…

These Trailhead modules may be useful:

And I would thoroughly recommend reading this book, The Intrapreneur by Gib Bulloch. Gib offers an honest and insightful critique of the “craziness” of today’s business environment — and a call to action for a new breed of social activist working within today’s business world. He shares his story of resilience through personal experience of “finding your purpose… can feel like losing your mind”.

Supporting Wellbeing in Your Teams

We recently ran a program we called VUCA on resilience. VUCA is a word to summarise the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity of our world today. We talked to the stress continuum ( Yerkes-Dodson) and brought to life that a certain level of stress is good to drive excellence. Just by opening up discussions with our teams we have seen great impact and we’re taking things a step further and leaning into Fearless Teaming.

Learn more about Fearless Teaming on Trailhead. How does psychological safety and courage help create high-performing teams.

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