The characteristics of resilient individuals are illustrated in the 7 pillars of resilience. Being resilient is partly a matter of one’s genes, but it is also largely a matter of how someone develops these seven resilience factors for oneself over the course of their life. These seven factors can be learned. Which means: you can work on and improve your own resilience. It can be a lengthy process, but it pays off. Below, you will get a better overview of the 7 pillars of resilience according to Micheline Rampe:
Realistic optimism is an important characteristic of resilient people. They are aware that almost any situation can change for the better without losing sight of reality. This basic attitude can help you deal with challenges and not lose heart.
One option to train your focus on the positive is to practice gratitude. This can happen, for example, by keeping a gratitude diary in which you regularly write down all the things for which you are grateful.
Self-efficacy is the conviction that one can achieve something with one’s own abilities and characteristics. It is therefore also assumed that difficult situations can be overcome through one’s own efforts.
To strengthen this awareness, you can record experiences of success, appreciative feedback or personal milestones and achievements to remind yourself of them at any time. Setting personal and professional goals also promotes your self-efficacy.
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3. Future orientation
The past cannot be changed. Only the present and the future offer you a certain room for maneuver. Thus, your own focus should be directed primarily to the future, which you can (co-)create yourself.
It can be helpful to visualize goals and visions. A good preparation and a clear focus on your own wishes and visions of the future will help you to make these goals a reality.
Resilient people can accept situations that they cannot change. This point has a lot to do with being able to let go of one’s own expectations and entrenched ideas. This relieves stress and gives more satisfaction to one’s decisions.
If you cannot accept a past situation, it helps to talk about it, so that certain emotions can be processed first. If the situation is in the present, the focus should be on what you can change to move from passivity to activity.
5. Taking responsibility
The point here is not to slip into the role of the victim, but to take responsibility for one’s own situation. The situation should be dealt with constructively.
First of all, this means admitting your own mistakes. But taking responsibility also means standing by your decisions and being able to defend them even in the face of defeat.
6. Solution orientation
As the opposite of problem orientation, solution orientation is about focusing on the solution instead of the problem. With a solution-oriented attitude, one’s focus is never lost and goals can be better achieved.
So a key point is to formulate goals and solutions that are SMART. That is, they must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. You can set your own goals or work out solutions to a problem together with your team.
7. Network orientation
Active contact with one’s own network is a meaningful thing in the lives of resilient people. They consciously turn to others for support. In addition, a strong network fulfills the human need for belonging and contact.
As a first step, you can first become aware of your network. What is your relationship to which person? Who could be helpful to you? A first overview helps you to contact the right person at the right moment.
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- Developing and strengthening resilience
- Overview of the seven pillars of resilience
- Fostering optimism and solution-oriented thinking
- Applying resilience-building strategies and methods
- Strengthening self-efficacy and resilience