How to be resilient: 'self-awareness is fundamental'

Practise mindfulness, join support groups and take time away from technology Entrepreneurs must be able to bounce back from disappointment. It’s a career choice rife with rejection: failure to secure a bank loan, missing out on investment and poor sales are just some of the potential hurdles you can face. But, for many, resilience is a learning process. So how can you develop this trait? In our live Q&A on how to build resilience, our expert panel discussed strategies for managing stress, building a support network and improving work-life balance. A reader kicked off the chat with this question: “Are there any downsides to resilience; can there be a fine line between being resilient and not facing up to some home truths?” Richard Reid, a psychotherapist, coach and founder of Pinnacle Therapy, said balance was key. “[Resilience] is probably more about realism than unbridled positivity,” he said. “[We tend to] veer towards the negative.” He added that setbacks should be seen as an opportunity to gather feedback, rather than as a sign of failure. Gail Kinman, an occupational health psychologist at the University of Bedfordshire and the British Psychological Society, added: “My research has found that self-awareness is an important aspect of resilience – in fact it is fundamental.” She suggested mindfulness as one way to build this awareness. Anis Qizilbash, a motivational speaker and founder of Mindful Sales Training, suggested practising mindfulness daily, which could be as little as listening to your breathing for five minutes. “It changes the way you react to things, which means you can make better decisions.” Meanwhile, Emily Forbes, founder of Seenit, recommended entrepreneur support groups. She said: “I can go and let my guard down and not only talk openly, but also receive really honest and relatable feedback.” She added: “They also help to build confidence in your decision making, which I think is a huge part of growing resilience.” Excerpt from The Guardian, read the full article here.

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