Resilience in the Business World Is A Superpower

Aug 14, 2023, Written by Sue Miley

It can be lonely being the owner of a business.  The fact is that you are the leader and you set the perspective of the company.  How you face obstacles and circumstances affects you, your family, your team, and your business. In the fast-paced and ever-changing business landscape of today, having resilience in the business world has become a crucial asset for success.  It’s essential to cultivate personal resilience to navigate with confidence and determination.

1. Embracing the Inevitable: Change and Uncertainty

The business world is inherently unpredictable.  In the past 4 years, we have navigated a change in our country’s leadership, a worldwide pandemic that shut businesses down, and more recently inflation and rising interest rates.  Depending on the industry you are in, each or all of these changes could have impacted your business. Developing personal resilience allows you to embrace change and uncertainty as opportunities for growth rather than threats to your progress.  It also helps you to be proactive in the strategies and actions that are in your control and helps you to block out the worry of what you have no control over.

2. Resilience in the Business World

In the face of failure or setbacks, personal resilience acts as a powerful springboard for recovery. Resilient individuals view setbacks as learning experiences, enabling them to bounce back stronger, armed with newfound wisdom and determination.  I read the book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph written by Ryan Holiday.  It draws inspiration from Stoic philosophy and teaches readers how to use obstacles and challenges as opportunities for growth and success.  It is a guide to look at life circumstances and understand that they “are what they are”.  We have to face them, understand them, maybe feel some emotions, but then move on with the best path forward available.

3. Navigating Stress and Pressure

The business world is notorious for its high-stress environment, demanding deadlines, and intense competition. Building personal resilience equips you with coping mechanisms to handle stress, maintain focus, and make sound decisions even under pressure.  As Christians in business, we have a higher power to help us with this.  We can pray for Jesus to give us His peace that is not naturally within us.  So yes, we can even rely on our faith as the focal point of our resilience.  

4. Cultivating Adaptability and Flexibility

Resilient individuals possess the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and pivot their strategies when needed. Flexibility is a valuable trait that allows you to adjust to market shifts and seize emerging opportunities.  Our current world and economic environment are not friendly to those who hate change.  Again, through prayer and some philosophical tools, we learn to adjust to the changes in healthy ways.  But to make healthy decisions, we can put our heads in the sand.  We have to face reality and focus on how to adjust our business.  It takes grit and resilience to push away fear and stay focused on what is productive.

5. Fostering Mental and Emotional Well-being

Investing in personal resilience positively impacts your mental and emotional well-being. By developing a strong foundation of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, you can better manage your reactions and maintain a healthy work-life balance.  There is a book called Emotion Intelligence 2.0 where you receive a key code to take an Emotional Intelligence assessment.  Here at Crossroads, we do Emotional Intelligence workshops for our clients and content focuses significantly on building self-awareness and reducing stress.

6. Inspiring Team and Organizational Resilience

As a business leader, your resilience sets an example for your team. By exhibiting resilience in the face of challenges, you inspire your employees to develop their own resilience, leading to a more resilient and cohesive organization.  The alternative to showing personal resilience to your team is letting them see your fears and concerns.  This does not provide organizational confidence.  If you are always worried and anxious, strong talent may feel that there is a higher degree of risk in your company and move on.  

7. Improving Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

Resilient individuals are better equipped to handle complex decisions and problem-solving tasks. They can think critically, consider multiple perspectives, and make well-informed choices in uncertain situations.  Again, fear is a poor foundation for decision-making.  I find that people who make scared decisions may end up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Fear makes us stop or re-trench, rather than strategize and move forward responsibly.

8. Leveraging Failure as a Stepping Stone to Success

Failures are inevitable in any business journey. Business resilience allows you to view failure as an opportunity for growth and innovation. Embracing the “fail forward” mindset, you turn setbacks into stepping stones toward future success.  The most we can do is learn from our mistakes and use them to forge a better path forward.  If we see these failures informing a future of failure, we again are at risk of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Resilience helps us fight fear, anxiety, and volatility in our emotions, decision-making, and actions.  But don’t forget, that a key ingredient to our resilience is our faith in Christ.  Yes, we have influence, but ultimately we are not in complete control.  Christ is and He is for us and our business.  We have to trust that His plan and will for our lives and business is the best plan.  If we have that trust, peace usually comes with it.  And, so does resilience.

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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