February 8, 2011

How Resilient Are You?

When I started working as an entrepreneur in 1976, I explored many different avenues in order to express my creativity and desire to be my own boss. I went through many frustrations and ups and downs over the years.  I had a strong belief that you can learn whatever it takes to succeed and I just kept on learning. I also felt compelled to do something important for the world and that strong feeling has kept me going. I also learned that in order to persevere, you must develop resilience.

The following checklist describes personal traits of people who have a better than average chance in establishing and succeeding at running a home based business as an entrepreneur. See how you match up.

Entrepreneurial Resiliency Traits Checklist

  • You prefer to work without a written job description; you are more effective when free to do what is best in each situation. You have an independent spirit.
  • When working on a project you get so involved you work late into the evening and much of the week-end.
  • You will do any job related to making things work well. You will do whatever it takes to meet a commitment.
  • You like to try new ways of doing things, be creative, or use practical common sense.
  • You are intentional, regardless of circumstance, and work at creating your life.
  • You feel you have the power to contribute to whatever outcome you desire but you are also aware that you will need the assistance of other people to get where you want to go.
  • You do not ignore realities or pretend that things are fine, when they are not. You are on the lookout for what is right and guard against negative news or headlines. You distance yourself from doomsayers and complainers.
  • You reframe every idea as positively as possible. You use positive affirmations as you are aware you are what you think.
  • When something goes wrong, you look carefully at why, learn from the experience and from the experiences of others and do things differently the next time.
  • You are self-reliant. You have learned you can count on yourself more than most others.
  • You anticipate and avoid problems and transform challenges into positive gain and growth. When knocked off track, you ask yourself, “How can I turn this around? Why is it good that this happened? What is the gift?”
  • When hit with a setback you see it as temporary, but surmountable.  You are optimistic and expect to have things turn out well. This optimism is what leads to resilience.
  • You adapt quickly to new developments and changes in the world. You are very mentally and emotionally flexible. You are able to recover from losses and setbacks.
  • You are responsible for yourself, accountable, want to do good for your world, and fulfill your agreements. You have integrity. People can count on you and trust you.
  • You can express feelings honestly. You express feelings to others, let go of anger, overcome discouragement or loss, and ask for help.
  • You have a complex, paradoxical inner nature. You are both creative and well organized, relaxed and intense, logical and intuitive, optimistic and pessimistic, calm and emotional, sensitive and tough, task oriented and people oriented, etc.
  • You are curious and playful. You ask good questions. You want to know how things work. You experiment, make mistakes and laugh about discoveries.
  • You need and expect things to work out well for yourself, your family, your customers and your community. You have a synergistic effect on your part of the world. You are committed to service.
  • You have good empathy skills. You listen well and comprehend what others think and feel. You adapt to various personality styles. You have good friendships and loving relationships.
  • You welcome feedback about your actions and your product.
  • You are able to tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty about situations.
  • You are good at what you do. You conduct yourself professionally and ethically. You focus on getting results and can make difficult jobs look easy.
  • You trust your intuition and creative hunches. You can think up creative solutions to challenges.
  • You defend yourself well. You have strong self-esteem and self confidence.
  • You have been made stronger and better by difficult experiences. You are becoming increasingly life competent, resilient, durable, playful, and free. You enjoy life more and more.

Some of these traits may come naturally to you and others will need to be developed. Once you nurture these habits, you are becoming a resilient person.

So even if you are not an entrepreneur, you may want to develop some of these traits as they will stand you in good stead no matter what your career choice is.

Here’s to your success!

How resilient are you? I appreciate getting feedback on my post. I enjoy hearing from you and if you would like to find out more about the next Thinking Into Results program, I would love to discuss how we could transform your dreams…into reality, your goals…into achievements and your thinking…into results.

About the author 


I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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