Originally published in HRB, August 16th 2019
Being passionate about your job is great — but there are limits. If you become so wrapped up in your professional identity that setbacks at work affect your self-worth, that’s a problem. Keep a healthy perspective by distinguishing who you are from what you do. Your job is just that — a job. Maybe you’re a “senior analyst” at work, but in life you’re much more than that. Your worth as a person is not tied to your position on the org chart.
So when someone criticizes a report you wrote or a presentation you gave, remind yourself that they’re criticizing the report or the presentation, not you. By shifting your perspective this way, you build resilience and protect your self-esteem from challenges and even failures (which are inevitable, after all). And having a strong sense of self, in turn, will help you perform better in your role.
Whether or not you feel tired, it is critical to regularly take holidays and deeply recharge your batteries.
It is scientifically established that taking vacations reduces the incidence of burnout. It also is the opportunity to reconnect with our friends, appreciate quality time with our loved ones, catch-up on sleep and exercise.
The Resilience Institute Europe Team wishes you a lovely resilient break!
The Resilience Institute Europe had the honour to participate in a unique event reuniting more than 100 business leaders, philosophers, scientists and experts in the woods of Bertrix in Belgium.
Surrounded by a beautiful and old forest, we brainstormed and exchanged ideas to rethink our economic and entrepreneurial model and move towards a regenerative economy. We were all truly inspired by speakers among which Nicolas Hulot, Frédéric Lenoir, Bertrand Piccard, Gauthier Chapelle and other experts, and by leaders of large and small companies showing us that change is possible. It led to very rich dialogues and insights. I personally went home with 5 main messages.
1-The need for change is super urgent.
We all know that climate change is an undeniable threat to the planet. Even though we know this, the facts, trends and evolutions as exposed by the experts were truly chocking. We need to hear these messages much more. Yes, Greta, we need to panic!
2-Communication does matter.
While panic and fear are good to wake us up, we need to find inspiring and positive ways to communicate, uniting everyone behind this project. People will only take actions if they are touched in the heart, if they feel inspired and guided by a purpose. We need leaders, in all areas of society, who can guide us and inspire us, even if the path is not clear and no one has “the” solution. Events like Regenerative Alliance, initiatives as Sign for my future, organizations as B-Corp are very hopeful signals. We need more of those initiatives and courageous people who are willing to stand up and take the lead.
3-Nature can inspire solutions
Biomimicry seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. As an example, in the late 90’s Japanese engineers modeled a bullet train after a kingfisher, to solve the loud booming sound when the train was exiting typical train tunnels. Janine Benuys said: “When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world.” We do have huge room for improvement in that area, reconnecting ourselves much more systematically with Nature as a source of inspiration for seeking new solutions. We need to change our mindset, become humbler and understand that every species, including humans has a reason for fitting in this world. Isn’t it time that we open up, go beyond analytical thinking and trust our intuitive brain much more?
4-Start with Self
“Be the change that you want to see in the world”. The challenge that we face is so big that we cannot solve it using the same old paradigm as the one that brought us to this urgency state. We need to enable all of our dimensions – body, heart, mind and spirit – to be ready. This is at the very core of our work at The Resilience Institute Europe. After these two days, I am even more convinced that resilience is an accelerator for the change that we seek. Science shows us that we can all learn the skills to become resilient; it requires reflection, awareness and daily practice. Personal transformation will facilitate collective transformation. As the Dalai Lama stated in a funny way: “if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”.
5-Politicians, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Business leaders: unite!
Building on personal transformation, collective transformation will emerge faster. This requires all actors in society to collaborate and roll up their sleeves together.
The Regenerative Alliance was the best proof that that once you bring people together, it broadens the mind and opens the heart. It is of course easier to do this with people who are already convinced. Convincing the rest of the population is an enormous and complex challenge, with many consequences for all. How to do this without social chaos? Innovative and courageous leaders might well show us a path…
Article by : Katrien Audenaert, Partner The Resilience Institute Europe
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Nous cherchons des façons d’augmenter notre énergie et notre bien-être dans le cadre professionnel, en prévenant l’épuisement. Pour que les dimanches soir ne rime pas avec désespoir, et pour parvenir à infuser un peu de régénération dans chaque journée stressante!
Vous arrive-t-il aussi de vous demander où est passée votre énergie, votre motivation, dans le cadre de votre emploi? D’arriver sur votre lieu de travail, le matin, déjà découragé en apercevant la liste de tâches qui vous y attend? De vous surprendre à n’écouter que d’une oreille une réunion qui devrait vous passionner, ou de ne pas parvenir à déconnecter durant le weekend ou le soir?
Pas de panique: c’est entièrement NORMAL! (Nous ne sommes qu’humains, après tout). Et c’est précisément ce que nous rappelle Alexia Michiels, associée au sein de The Resilience Institute Europe et auteure du livre «L’Elan de la Résilience» (Ed. Favre, 2017).
De sa voix enjouée et motivante, elle nous explique comment retrouver motivation et bien-être au travail, et nous donne plusieurs clés pratiques pour rebondir face aux défis professionnels de tous les jours, maintenir notre énergie, trouver le temps de se régénérer et augmenter notre concentration.
Ainsi qu’elle le souligne, la fameuse expression «work-life balance» (l’équilibre entre le travail et la vraie vie) ne nous a pas aidés: car le travail et la vie ne sont pas deux choses distinctes (cela reviendrait à «mourir un peu chaque lundi matin, pour revivre le vendredi soir». Et ce serait beaucoup trop dommage!).
Si vous avez déjà eu la boule au ventre le dimanche soir, à l’idée de recommencer une nouvelle semaine, ce podcast est pour vous.
Je vous souhaite une très belle écoute!