Resilience as an emotional intelligence attitude

January 31, 2022

What is resilience and why do you need it?

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover easily and quickly from unpleasant and damaging events. It falls under the umbrella of emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions.

One way to think of resilience is to compare it with the abilities of a metal spring: Just as like a spring can withstand pressure and return to its original form, resilient people can do the same.

Resilience is synonymous with toughness. It’s an invaluable quality because it can help you deal with repeatedly challenging events, to face pressure more effectively, all while preserving your mental health.

An example of resilience are kids learning to stand, walk, run etc. Or a child learning to ride a bicycle but continues on even after falling several times until they get it.

When this is your situation, follow these steps:

1. Take a break.

Like our story’s characters, we all reach a point where we’re ready to give up.

When that happens, it’s helpful to take a break. Doing so helps you to get your emotions under control, and recharge your “emotional batteries.” This will give you the strength to try again.

2. Embrace your feelings.

When dealing with pressure or repeated failures, you’re likely to feel frustrated, angry, and disappointed.

Don’t ignore those emotions. Instead, accept them.

Voice them out loud.

Talk to a friend–or to yourself.

Have a good cry.

Doing this will help you to recognize that it’s normal to feel the way you do. That it’s all OK.

3. Innovate

Think different. 

Try something new.

You keep falling but then you try again and again.

As a company we have been positive in all the challenges that we have met. The COVID pandemic that has and continues to be a global problem, has affected Quality Management Services Ltd as well. Instead of giving up because our core business in organizing corporate events has been largely affected with the lock downs, we have pivoted into life skills training of youth. Our 20-year experience of hiring part time youth during events enabled us to identify their challenges that hinder them in achieving their vision. This time as business owners, resilience has been a major attribute in keeping us going. We cannot and will not give up despite the slowing down of business, in Uganda and the world in general.