Our experience gives us familiarity with our environment, how to understand problems and what the solution looks like. If we can forecast what will happen there is no worrisome thoughts or fear of the unknown and a reduction in anxiety.
Motivation is an important driver in individual resilience. If something has importance or aligned with strong values, people are capable of tolerating extreme discomfort to achieve their desired outcome. If it's not important to them they will be unwilling to suffer even slight discomfort.
Strong leadership can influence a team to be highly resilient and negotiate uncertainty and crisis. Whilst poor leadership can weaken a teams resolve and destroy its cohesion. Understanding the factors influencing team resilience is important in developing or appointing the appropriate leaders.
We are inherently threat biased as part of evolutionary survival and there are a number of factors that increase our threat focus. Although this helps ensure we can survive throughout the day, it has a significant negative impact on our ability to accurately identify and process important information for opportunity and can influence us to avoidance behaviours and increase negative emotions.
Resilience is often just a measure of your cognitive fatigue and fluctuates throughout the day. Through understanding the optimal times during your day to confront difficult tasks and developing the right habits to optimise cognitive function. You can significantly increase your resilience purely through increasing your cognitive capacity for decisions and confronting challenge.
It's often easy to focus on how a situation could have been avoided, or even feel we are the victim of someone else's choices and avoid taking responsibility for our circumstances, but until we accept that a situation has happened we are burning high levels of cognitive energy and maintaining negative health markers on something we cant change. Once we accept our situation we can shift into a more positive cognitive and health state and utilise our resources on solving the problem.
Sleep is free and is a significant factor in your ability to be resilient and has a huge impact on your daily cognitive function, ability to accept difficult tasks, emotional regulation and learning. In this video, we discuss how it impacts you day to day and over the long term demonstrating the impact on daily circadian rhythm and the subsequent decrease in mental function and the avoidance behaviours that go with it.
Preparation or experience gives you the context to understand a problem, lowers anxiety through this understanding and allows you to see the right information, provides you with a suitable response and gives you a positive expectation. Avoiding early exposure or being underprepared will only result in failure when it matters most.
Under perceived pressure, our anxiety increases resulting in a change in the way we scan our environment for information. We prioritise what we perceive as threat information and miss important task-relevant cues that allow us to see opportunity and solutions, rather than just the problem.
Context gives us a reference to compare current situations to past situations, but it is only a perception. If we have overcome large challenges in the past we are comfortable with similar challenges of the same magnitude. However, we are far more capable than we think, here are some considerations to improve your resilience.
We use learned behaviour to influence or understand from experience how we respond to certain situations or adversity. A lot of this is developed through modelling previous responses from important people in our lives. If you can understand where your behaviours come from you can realise its not so much who you are, it's just what you have learned and move toward developing better behaviours.
Your expectation drives your motivation and outcomes. The attitude that you approach adversity with will define your success or failure. If you can change your expectations you can drive your results.