Arsenal Football Club has won nine out of the first ten fixtures this season for the first time ever. 

Why? Is it resilience that the team has?

At the end of the match against Leeds, Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, said: “It’s always intense here; we expected periods where it became really chaotic, and we had to handle that situation”.

“I think in the first half, we had some really, really good moments where we outplayed them and should have scored two or three. We didn’t, and we left the game open, and from the first whistle in the second half, we started not at the rhythm and not making the right decisions time after time and we put ourselves in big trouble.”

“Even when you get in those moments, I love the resilience, the fight, the character and the courage the team showed to win the game.”

He added: “It’s always very hectic here; it’s not a coincidence winning like this. What the team shows, the character it shows, the personality it shows, and the desire to play. There were players really struggling after Thursday night. To go Thursday night in Norway and then come to Leeds and win both games, the way we’ve done, big credit to the boys. It shows a lot about the team”.

Does your team in the office or sporting environment have that essential resilience?

What is your Resilience

Resilience is a person’s ability to adapt and bring themselves back from a situation when things don’t go as planned. Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward. 

Factors that can influence resilience include family environment, personality, previous work experience, education, maturity, intelligence, physical fitness, diet, exercise and current family or work circumstances.

There are three elements to Hardiness and Resilience:

Commitment – the tendency to see the world as interesting and meaningful. Resilient people are committed to their lives and goals and have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment is not just restricted to their sport or work – they commit to their relationships, friendships, the causes they care about and their beliefs.

Control – is the belief in one’s ability to control or influence events. Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events they have control over. They put their efforts where they can have the most impact; they feel empowered and confident. Those who worry about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless and powerless to take action.

Challenge – involves seeing change and new experiences as exciting opportunities to learn and develop. Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not a paralysing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from and opportunities for growth. They do not view them as a negative reflection of their abilities or self-worth.

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