Economic adversity continues to plague businesses and institutions, communities and families. News articles, talk shows and daily conversations focus on grim numbers and tough choices. In times like these, resiliency becomes more important than ever.
Resilient people demonstrate flexibility, durability, an attitude of optimism and a mindset that is open to learning. A lack of resilience is signaled by burnout, fatigue, malaise, depression, defensiveness and cynicism.
But the ability to bounce back from adversity—and to navigate today's hard times—is not innate. It has a lot to do with how you think about the challenges you face, and it is a set of skills that can be developed, according to Mary Lynn Pulley and Michael Wakefield, authors of Building Resiliency: How to Thrive in Times of Change.
Learning to be more resilient requires you to modify both thoughts and actions. Some steps you can take:
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