I’m delighted to welcome Per Wickstrom to the blog today! Per overcame his own decades-long struggle with addiction and has since remained committed to helping others succeed and thrive. Please do read his biography at the end of the post and visit the links to find out more. In this excellent post, Per talks about how you can strengthen your own resilience, in both your life and your work.
5 Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience in Work and in Life
by Per Wickstrom
In the United States today, competition in the workforce is more prevalent than perhaps ever before. Changes in the way business is done, the inception of the information age, and increasingly demanding roles have all resulted in American workers feeling that the job environment is just a lot more competitive than it used to be.
Climbing the corporate ladder has become more of a challenge than just a simple task of working hard and making a good effort. Nailing that key promotion is now a Herculean feat when 80 other co-workers are vying for the same position, when perhaps a decade ago only 10 would have been competing for it. All in all, the demands of the modern day work environment require that workers compete and strain themselves to be successful and to advance.
How does one go about keeping one’s head up during all of this? How do you work hard and strengthen your resilience in the workplace while still being able to be happy, comfortable, and pleased with your job? It’s not always easy to accomplish all of this, but it certainly is possible.
Here are some tips for how to strengthen your resilience and your resolve not only in work, but in life too:
1. Build up your positivity and your resilience like it’s a commodity. One can’t just automatically generate resilience. You need to make a point to have actual, positive interactions, events, conversations, and memories, all of which are the things that are known to boost resilience in an individual.
2. Keep records of the good times. None of the tools and techniques that we use to evaluate companies work very well without good record keeping and established methods of organization. The same rules apply to one’s resilience in life. I’d advise you to commit your positive interactions to memory in some way, so that you can call upon them when the going gets tough. Use these memories whether in written or photographed form to keep you strong and producing at a high morale and high level of resilience.
3. Create a bull market where you win and keep winning. Financial markets always boom when a suddenly increasing number of investors and interested parties want to be a part of it. Positivity is similar and is contagious. If you interject positivity into your workplace, a similar situation will occur where everyone wants in on the positivity.
4. Approach your resilience in life like you would your investment portfolio. Resilient businesses diversify risk so that they all but guarantee a good turnout. You can approach this same strategy for achieving happiness and resilience in your own personal life. What it comes down to is that you must find multiple areas of your life that increase your overall happiness and resilience. Hobbies, time spent with family members, nice possessions, a study course in your profession, an occasional trip, all of this can serve to increase resilience across different areas of life.
5. Review your overall resilience on a regular basis. This is needed on a month-to-month basis. At least once a month, or once a week if you can, go over the things in your life that bring you happiness or resilience. Make sure that all of these aspects of life are still being utilized and are surviving well.
This is my advice on how to create and continue to create resilience and personal strength in your life and career. When you implement these tips, life will seem a lot more straightforward as you will be able to approach life in a much more pleasant way. General aspects of life will be more straightforward, and life in general will seem easier. You will be able to fall back on those things in life which bring you pleasure and happiness, and your business and personal life both will benefit greatly from focusing on those things which give you strength and happiness.
Per Wickstrom is the founder and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, one of the top holistic rehabilitation centers in the country. He found sobriety after a decades-long struggle with addiction and has since dedicated his life and career to helping others find the same life-affirming success he has. His program is based on natural and holistic methods and has helped lead hundreds to recovery. Connect with Per via his blog, Facebook and LinkedIn.