January can be the luckiest day of the year for those of us who find ourselves encumbered with sloppy work habits, unhealthy lifestyles and negative outlooks. What about you? Your slate is clean and you’re free to begin anew. That is, if you’re willing to take an assessment of your personal and professional growth and make changes that can lead to more resilience and career sustainability in 2020. Are you interested in stacking your resilience deck for the upcoming year?
One cruel fact of career advancement is that it can feel like an uphill battle. Chances are, obstacles will be thrown in your career path every step of the way. But can you face opposition with a positive attitude and emotional stamina? Can you keep going no matter how frequent and difficult the obstacles?
Neuroscientists say that Mother Nature hardwired you with a negativity bias for survival. It’s a fact. Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. And because your negativity bias has a longer shelf life than positivity, you tend to overestimate threats and underestimate your ability to overcome them. It takes three positive thoughts to offset one negative thought. You probably remember where you were on 9/11 but not the following week at the same time. No wonder it’s difficult to remain resilient and persevere when you’re constantly bombarded with the same bad-news bias that keeps you safe.