What does it mean to be resilient?

Real resilience is the ability to ‘bounce forward’. We don’t just need to recover we must learn and grow and move on to a stronger, better self.

I have been navigating a tough journey lately, struggling with my own motivation, questioning the role I am playing and whether I am adding value or if I am an obstacle.

In complex projects with multiple stakeholders, a concerted effort is required to remain focused, motivated and resilient.
Throughout my career, I have been driven and motivated by the positive impact I make.

Taking a step back and putting my situation into perspective has helped me look through a different lens, and in doing so I have become more resilient and increased my motivation levels.


Through my journey of discovery, I have learnt some interesting facts about myself and what triggers me. Truly seeing the value of what my company offers, and being excited to be part of the purpose is fundamental to motivating me. Empowering Africa’s success, and being confident that I am doing things which matter gets me up in the morning.

Taking ‘stock’ of one’s life and mindset is critical, and as I have learnt the longer someone avoids this exercise the more difficult it is to remain motivated and resilient.

Walking into the invisible world and bringing back wisdom and guidance for our company is daunting and at the same time fulfilling, as it reinforces that I am adding value and preparing us for the future.  It is by no means an easy role to play, but it is one that makes me feel fully alive.  and one that is essential to the success of our organisation.


By having a clear vision, guided by my strong values, has helped me take risks that often might not make sense to others. Being self-aware is the humility I need to ensure I maintain a strong sense of being connected to something greater than myself.

Here are my 5 core components of resilience :

  1. Optimistic thinking: which isn’t the same as positive thinking. It does involve focusing on what’s going well, but it also involves facing up to the cold hard realities and looking for solutions that will make the situation better.
  2. Keeping things in perspective: understanding that MOST problems are not catastrophes and are not permanent.
  3. Focusing on what can be controlled and be accepting what can’t. We can’t control gravity!
  4. Reaching out for help: we don’t always have to do it all on our own. Utilise social and occupational supports if and when necessary.  And find a good mentor!
  5. Don’t take things personally: Have fun, enjoy life and see every challenge as an opportunity to learn and make a positive impact.

I’m happy to share my journey and experiences and to help you work through yours. Please reach out to me.



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