Do you demonstrate flexible resilience? Having persistence and being resilient doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for flexibility.
It all starts with the mission or goal. It is a form of beginning with the end in mind. A vision for the path to arrive at a specific point at some future time.
People value the concept of being disciplined, persistent, and committed to the goal.
What happens when the goal seems out of reach or across time the vision may hint of needing a slight shift? What happens if the estimates or forecasts were wrong? Maybe the budget wasn’t enough or the human side of change slowed the projected progress?
Should you continue on the same path?
People will sometimes go to great lengths in an attempt to prove that they were correct. Their wish is to illustrate that they have been correct all along, often in spite of any associated costs.
It may be wise to adjust the mission, shift the goals, and still achieve a higher level of success. Being stuck with a locked-in focus sounds like persistence and commitment but it may be a slippery slope down a never-ending rabbit hole.
Flexible resilience seems like a better choice.
You can attempt to continue to pursue the original path or you can learn from missteps, correct the direction, and still achieve more than you have before.
The act of being resilient, persistent, and committed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be learning, changing, and growing along the way.
Sometimes the cost of ego or pride is much higher than the cost of a slight shift in direction.
The most resilient know how to spot a rabbit hole before getting lost in it.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.