By Deborah Sweeney
The key to being successful in entrepreneurship doesn’t lie in traditional intelligence like a high IQ. It’s grit. Grain is a combination of Perseverance, passion and resilience. Perseverance helps you stay focused when the going gets tough. Passion is pretty self-explanatory: it’s love and care for what you do. Resilience gives you the mental courage to keep trying. You could get knocked off the horse, but you will get up and get back in the saddle.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult to maintain all three traits. Even the most resilient entrepreneurs have likely had days struggling with their sanity. Is it possible to strengthen your resilience in this unprecedented time?
The answer is yes, according to resilience expert Wayne M. Sotile and neurosurgeon Gary R. Simonds. Certain people (usually in medical fields) thrive in times of crisis because of them “To convey habits that create a high degree of resilience … [which] enables them to deal with it. “ Honing these habits will help them thrive in the future too.
How can you familiarize yourself with the basics of building this type of resilience? Sotile and Simonds say to follow the acronym WIRED. Let’s summarize how each part of this acronym can help you build resilience.
W: Focus on your personal Wellnesss
Many entrepreneurs at the onset of COVID-19 may have felt anxious, lonely, and unsure about the future. In order to remain resilient, many hobbies such as cooking, gardening and dancing have taken up that make it possible to look after yourself.
Create a work-life balance that is right for you and your specific needs. Treat yourself to a battery that knows when to turn off and recharge. The self-care practices that you are now implementing, such as journaling and meditation, will enable you to better maintain your mental and physical health as you navigate through the new normal.
Me: Please entrance
What Is Manifesting Your Stressors? You may be able to find out with the help of Stress continuum. This is a model commonly used by the military to assess and manage stress. With this model, you can articulate how your feelings and behaviors are under stress. Over time, the stress continuum becomes gradually more personalized as you understand the stress-related symptoms (such as a change in diet or energy levels) specific to you. With this knowledge, you can create practices to jump into “the green zone” where you can cope with stress with good coping skills.
These activities must be carried out consistently. For example, a one-time walk does not immediately cure all stressors. However, over time, you can learn more about your stressors, do the activities necessary to get you into the green zone, and let the stress out of your system to focus on your business.
R: Realize what works
What are you grateful for during this time? Do you have a wonderful team to work with? Are you doing work that you love Do you have a supportive tribe of family, friends, and community? Take a moment to realize the great things that you have right now.
Look back at the successes you’ve already achieved in your career. This is huge for building resilience. The odds may have been against you in different chapters of your life, but you can still be successful and thrive.
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E: Do what it takes to improve your performance effectiveness
What makes you more valuable during this time in business isn’t necessarily doing more of the same things or sticking to what you know you are good at – instead, you’ll learn new skills.
Sign up for an online course or sign up for a webinar that will help you develop skills in areas that pique your interest. As you learn a new skill – such as graphic design – you develop confidence and can use the new skill for the good of your company. You can offer more individual services and offers and attract new customers and customers. It’s a win-win situation to build resilience and increase efficiency.
D: Increase dialog
Who are you reinforcing this dialogue with? Talk to your team, loved ones, leaders in your field and the social media communities. What is this dialogue about? Anything you are passionate about, which can range from your business and the small business community to social justice, and how to act as an advocate for change.
Speaking is critical to building resilience. Not only do you talk about what matters to you, but you also deepen your relationships with the people you talk to and encourage them to listen, reflect, and respond with their own ideas and thoughts.
Do you feel WIRED now?
If so, get out there and help others build their resilience both inside and outside of entrepreneurship.
Deborah Sweeney is the managing director of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is the leader in online entrepreneur and corporate filing services, offering start-up packages that include company and LLC formation, registered agents, DBAs, and trademark and copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all of the work, making it quick and painless to set up and maintain a business, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.
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