Developing Resilience

In order to develop resilience, you have to be aware of how you think, how you feel, how your body reacts under pressure and how you behave. If you’re not aware of this, then you can’t regulate what you are thinking or feeling. This may expose you to being blindsided at crucial pressurised points in your life when you need to deliver, by negative thoughts, or tough emotions that you can’t control.

Once you become more aware of how you are thinking and acting and how it might impact you, you can do something about it – which means employ coping strategies. These coping strategies could be to ask yourself factual and evidence-based questions, to try and support yourself being more rational and less emotional. They might be to reinterpret what you are feeling in your body as a sign that your body is ‘ready’ and willing to take on the challenge that you are facing. To reinforce self-awareness is the key ingredient in becoming more resilient.

Being resilient is mostly pro-active. It’s about having coping strategies in place before you need them. It’s about understanding yourself and knowing what might de-rail you from performing at your best before you’re off the rails. This ability to understand yourself and to know your coping strategies, allows you to feel that you are in control over your own level of performance. The next step is to review yourself so that you can learn. These learning points then feed into your level of awareness and regulation for the next time you perform.