Have you ever been around a baby that is learning how to walk for the first time? At first, they grasp on to your fingers, walking with your guidance and assurance that they won’t fall. Then the hard part for the parent comes in, the gradual act of letting go.
The more they get used to walking, the farther away you back. You back off so they can gain confidence and independence as they learn to do it on their own. Eventually, as hard as it may be to watch, you have to let them fall so that they can learn to pick themselves up. Their wobbly little legs give out, they fall, and look up at you for a reaction. You look at them, reassure them it’s okay, and encourage them to get back up. By doing this, we are teaching them to be resilient.
You fall and you get back up again.
Think of the people that you most admire and look up to. The people that you respect and would follow into a battle. Chances are you have seen their resiliency and whether you realize it or not, it’s a big part of the reason why you look to and admire their leadership.
We love a comeback story. The stories of people coming back from a horrible injury and bouncing back, showing their resiliency. People who go through obstacle after obstacle and somehow manage to keep fighting through every new roadblock put in their path.
It inspires us.
I believe that resiliency is one of the most important traits to have in leadership whether it’s in a business setting or in your personal life. You lead by example, showing others resiliency in your life and teaching them and inspiring them to do the same. We will all at some point reach some time of adversity that challenges us and will test our resiliency. As we get older, our obstacles change, become more difficult and we learn new ways to be resilient.
Part of my resiliency is my hope.
As believers, I believe that a part of being resilient is being mindful of what you are focusing on. We have to shift our focus away from the problem and onto Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge that the problem is there. We know the problem, obstacle or challenge is there, but when we focus on what makes us resilient, our faith, then that becomes larger and our problems shrink in comparison to the magnitude of what God can do and the hope He gives us.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habukkuk 3:17-18
I constantly go back to this verse in times that are dark, when hope seems far and I cannot seem to keep the earth under my feet. It is easy to get overwhelmed, anxious, feeling exhausted as you fight uphill battle after uphill battle, but I encourage you to keep pushing, keep fighting and to keep trusting that God will provide.
As a leader, I would encourage you to keep being resilient. Model what it looks like for your employees, your families, and your friends. Just like a baby learning to walk and looking at their parents for reassurance when they fall, we must look to God for guidance when we face adversity. For me, part of being resilient is when things get tough I remind myself to find joy in Christ and not my circumstances. When things seem desolate, my resilience is found standing rooted in my faith.