Emotional Resilience by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

Building a new business or setting out on a new course in life is tough. Along the way, you’re bound to encounter some stumbling blocks that can have an emotional impact. It could be drama among your staff, financial challenges or stress at home, it’s certain that you’ll have reasons to feel emotionally drained as you set and achieve new goals.

Developing emotional resilience is critical to your success as you conquer new challenges. Here are three ways to help you develop emotional resilience:

1. Face your issues head on. By putting off the issues that are difficult to deal with only lengthens the period of stress and the negative impact it can have on your health. Dealing with issues, as soon as these arise helps you in two ways. The first is that it teaches you to be more proactive. The second is that it builds your confidence as you face each situation. The more challenges you face and conquer, the more you develop emotional resilience.

2. Assess and monitor your process and results. Each time you face a new challenge or deal with a new issue, assess your performance at the end. This will help you to gain confidence in your ability achieve your goals and to make any needed modifications for the future.

3. Reflect on your challenges with pride. What really develops emotional resilience is internalizing the fact that you rose above your challenges and kept going. Each time you reflect on how the last challenge didn’t break you, and probably wasn’t as difficult as you imagined, you gain a little more confidence and emotional resilience. Keeping a journal of your adventures can be a great way to track your successes as well as a great way to look back on those successes when you need a boost of confidence.

Developing emotional resilience takes time and patience. However, you can shorten the distance to this accomplishment by being intentional in how you deal with challenges as well as how you reflect back on them. Each time you face something new, you develop a little more skill for facing the next challenge without it taking an emotional toll.