How To Develop Resilience in Business

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Business can seem a never-ending path of challenges and roadblocks. But you can decide how you frame setbacks, and your choice can help you succeed.

So how do you develop resilience and harness it for business growth?

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The Book That Stayed With Me Through 2018

We read or skim lots of books and articles in a year. What do we take away from them to improve our life?

This is the book that stayed with me throughout 2018:

 

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The book gives a morning routine of 6 key actions called “Life S.A.V.E.R.S” – silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing – to help you live your best life.

 

1. Silence

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Wake up in the morning, sit in peaceful Silence. Breathe deeply, appreciate the moment, foster gratitude, relax the body, developing a deep sense of purpose.

 

2. Affirmations

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Read aloud daily Affirmations to reconfirm your unlimited potential and most important priorities, increasing levels of motivation, energy and confidence.

 

3. Visualization

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Visualize easily accomplishing the day’s goals, what it will look and feel like. Visualize the day going perfectly, enjoying work and family, and experience the joy of what you will achieve.

 

4. Scribing

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Write down what you’re grateful for, proud of, and what you are committed to delivering today, creating an empowered and inspired state of mind.

 

5. Reading

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Read a self-help book and learn a new idea to implement into the day. Discover something that can be used for improvement.

 

6. Exercise

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Exercise, increase the heart rate, get energised and awake, increasing ability to be alert and to focus.

 

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How To Develop Confidence In Business

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You know you need to put yourself out there to grow your business. But how do you get and keep enough confidence to do this? And how does everyone else manage?

Here are some tried and tested ideas to overcome your insecurities:

1. Know Yourself

” Overcoming self-doubt starts with honestly assessing your abilities (and your shortcomings) and then getting comfortable enough to capitalize on (and correct) them” – Deborah H. Gruenfeld, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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What To Do:

– Validation of your strengths (in small quantities) can be effective in building confidence
– Pick people who care about your development and performance to give you truthful feedback
– Decide whether to learn more in your weaker areas or whether to outsource them

Find Out More:
https://hbr.org/2011/04/how-to-build-confidence 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KdQHAeAnHmw
2. Be Prepared

“The best way to build confidence in a given area is to invest energy in it and work hard at it ” – Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project

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What To Do:

– Practice almost always wins over natural aptitude
– Start by trying out skills you are concerned about (such as public speaking) in a safe setting
– Remove fear of the unexpected in meetings by setting objectives, practising what to say and planning timings beforehand

Find Out More:
https://theenergyproject.com/team/tony-schwartz/

 

3. Take Risks

“The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks” – Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

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What To Do:

– Embrace new opportunities to prove to yourself and others that you can do difficult things
– Understand the fundamental difference between self-esteem and confidence – Confidence is what we project and what we want others to see, not how we really feel
– Remember failure is useful to build resilience, learn things and overcome fear
– Dont worry what others think — focus on yourself, not a theoretical, judgmental audience

Find Out More:
https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2015/apr/21/improving-confidence-business-success-skill
4. Become Optimistic

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle” – Albert Einstein

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What To Do:

– Negativity reduces motivation, so surround yourself with good energy to become productive
– Recognise which situations or people make you feel least confident, and rationally analyse what triggers these feelings. Understand you are in control and can choose appear confident
– Imagine the best outcome – happiness and positivity is infectious
Find Out More:
https://www.inc.com/murray-newlands/6-tips-to-build-self-confidence-for-business-success.html
5. Remember Your Accomplishments

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What To Do:

– Celebrate successes, such as sales made, problems resolved, to remind you of your talents
– List all the things in your life you are proud of achieving
– Post the list somewhere visible to inspire you to focus on the value you provide

Find Out More:
https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/5-powerful-ways-to-boost-your-confidence.html

 

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