If your professional life means a lot to you, you probably have many strategies in place that help you perform at your peak. But if you really want to see your career skyrocket, building mental resilience is key to your success.
Mental grit is one trait that all highly successful people have in common. Every strong leader enjoys mental resilience. In any workplace, it is the most powerful complement to skill, talent and experience.
Building mental resilience can boost your career in the following ways.
Stronger commitment to goals
Although you may already have clear-cut goals that you are committed to achieving, mental resilience takes that commitment to another level.
Mental toughness helps you understand that setbacks, unforeseen events and change are inevitable – but never insurmountable. They may sidetrack you temporarily but your commitment never wavers.
When your career goals become your driving passion and purpose, nothing can stop you. A less resilient person may change goals midway or decide that they are unachievable, but not you. Your unshakeable commitment will propel you from one brilliant success to the next.
Difficulties become challenges
The more mentally resilient you are, the more you will regard crises and setbacks as exciting challenges.
You will draw on your inner strengths, creativity and innovation to confront these challenges and overcome them quickly and efficiently. In fact, you will actually thrive in these types of situations.
While others are panicking and paralyzed, you will jump into action totally unfazed. If that doesn’t earn you a promotion, nothing else will!
Mental resilience helps you concentrate your time and energy on what you can control. You are wise enough to know thateverything involves an element of risk. You are confident that you will be able to deal with issues if they come up.
The result is that you stop overthinking about the future, which is out of your control.
You focus your skills and effortson the task at hand, which you do control. You mentally prepare yourself for the possibility of a setback.
Mastering what you can control and doing it brilliantly boosts your self-confidence and sense of achievement. More importantly, it boosts your career.
Strong ethics and values
Mental resilience enforces your personal values and ethics. It gives you the courage to stick to what you believe and to stay true to yourself.
A strong commitment to your values brings consistency and integrity to everything you do. It also earns you two priceless advantages in your workplace: respect and trust.
Your colleagues and superiors alike will look up to you as someone who is trustworthy, dependable and conscientious. These are key traits for career success ad advancement.
Mental resilience breeds amazing positivity and optimism because you learn to put things into perspective. You understand that nothing is ever as terrible as it seems and every problem has a solution.
Optimism is a quality that people naturally gravitate towards. Your positivity will not only make you immensely popular, it will inspire and wear off on everyone around you. It will do wonders for teamwork, rapport and communication.
Naturally, you can expect projects to run smoothly and efficiently when everyone is on the same wavelength.
This is also aquality that will make you an instant candidate for a leadership position.
Mental resilience comes through training and practice. Reflect on the five components discussed here and find ways to practice them at your workplace every day.
With consistent practice, you will begin to transform into a mentally resilient person – and transform your career in the process.