Resilience is defined as being flexible, pliable; having the ability to rebound and return to a state of normalcy. In some jobs, resilience can make the difference between success and failure. Crisis and disaster management is one of them, according to Seattle, Wash.-based psychologist Al Siebert, who travels the country giving workshops that teach crisis/disaster managers and first responders how to be more resilient.
"Highly resilient people are best suited for a world of constant change," says Siebert. They don't fight against disruptive change because they adjust to new situations quickly. They accept change and deal with it. Resilient people's "flexibility and adaptability lets them adjust their responses to achieve positive outcomes in new situations," Siebert explains.
Anyone can learn to be more resilient, according to Siebert. Here are three tips for building what Siebert calls the "resilience advantage."
1. Create a personal plan to optimize your emotional health.
To sustain emotional well-being, Siebert suggests making two lists. One list consists of situations or events that sap or drain your energy. The second is of things you can do to revitalize yourself.
For example, pick one energy-draining situation and develop a plan to manage it successfully. "You might stay away from it, make it go away, reduce your exposure to it, or decide to become