Resiliency is a dandelion that gets mowed down or trampled into the lawn and then grows happily back, time and again reaching for the sun. We all have different levels of tolerance for being mowed down or trampled and different reasons for continuing to get up again. But what is it that makes us able to be resilient?
The start of another fiscal year for the federal government is approaching quickly. It is a reminder of how difficult it is to be an employee of the federal government. A reminder of just how hard it is to make do with limited resources, and continue to accomplish goals. Will the budget be passed in time? Will there be another shutdown? Will workers have to dig into savings again while waiting at home to hear they can go back to their jobs? And will the innovation and perseverance of those doing the work allow them to get the work done anyway?
The challenges faced by public servants are many. These challenges are not just in their jobs. Each person has a unique story. One peppered with personal struggles that may be hidden. Successful people are able to push past difficulty, even use the struggle for motivation to overcome it.
Being resilient is not always easy. Unlike dandelions, people must learn and practice to get it right:
- Like an endurance athlete, we must train.
- Like a warrior, we must have a reason to fight, something to protect.
- Like an artist, we must pursue a passion for something that brings happiness to ourselves and our audience.
- And like a family, we must surround ourselves with others who support and care for us.
Whatever your challenge and whatever your tolerance for handling it, a continuous fight can be draining. Practicing resiliency can make it easier. Whatever your reason to go on, your family, a drive to exceed goals, to help others, or your passion for creating, resiliency will allow you to move past those things that knock you down so you can get up and accomplish what even you might not have known was possible.
The way you approach difficulty can shape your life. In a dandelion you can choose to see a weed that must be removed, or you can see what will become the symbol of a wish blown into the wind or some delicious greens for your salad. There is a great power in seeing difficulty and challenge as an opportunity.
How do you practice resilience and how do you encourage your team to try again when they experience setbacks in their work or their personal life?