Through the past year I have gone through a serious health issue that forced me to put my normal life on hold.  I stopped my consultancy work.  I stopped cooking for our stall at the Legaspi Sunday Market.  I stopped dancing and practicing for dance competitions.

After 3 months, I began to dance socially.  After 5 months, I competed once more.  After 7 months, I began to cook again for our stall at the Legaspi Sunday market. And now 8 months later, I am writing my first article for the Mansmith Business World Column.  Actually I began this column 8 months ago but stopped because my brain was still “hanging” (as many of our computers hang when too many programs are running), I resumed writing this article 2 months later.

The road back to normalcy has not been easy.  Regaining my strength and stamina is still an issue.  I still tire easily. My brain still “hangs” from time to time.  But while I have lost strength and stamina, I gained a new thoughtfulness. Lately I have been reflecting on resiliency.  Resiliency in my personal life.  Resiliency in the world of business. Every day we see examples of disasters.  Take for instance, the Leyte disaster. 

This is one of the most severe disasters to hit our country.  And every day we see example of resiliency from those from Leyte. 

What does it take to become resilient?  What does it take to make a comeback?

I believe First and Foremost there has to be the will to survive. I have seen people, organizations and companies lose the will to survive.
For some, there was the inability to adjust to change. Today technology is driving factor for change.  The quick rate of change in technology has challenged business leadership unable to understand how technology is changing the world and their market. 
For others, fear results in an inability to deal with the crisis at hand.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear and uncertainty as to how to move forward.
For yet others, sheer fatigue makes the organization give up. Once the leadership of the organization shows how tired they are, the fatigue permeates down the organization.

How does one deal with fear?  My own personal way of dealing with uncertainty and fear is very simple.  Take it one step at a time.  If you only look at the big picture, it becomes overwhelming and paralyzing.  Take a deep breath and concentrate on the immediate task at hand.  In my personal case, it was walking immediately after my operation, walking further and further each day, for a longer period of time each day.  In business, I would take it one day at a time.  One week at a time.  One month at a time.  Today we will do “abc “.  This week we will focus on “123”.  This month we will complete “xyz”.

The desire to make it happen.  We all want to make things happen.  Some people however, have more desire than others.  The strength of the desire results in follow through.  The strength of desire results in resiliency once things don’t pan out they way they were expected to.  Is the strength of ‘desire’ innate to the personality of an individual?  In all my years of working, I say ‘yes’.  Some people are just more motivated and ambitious than others.  However, can those less motivated and less ambitious be motivated to do more than they would ordinarily do on their own?  I say “YES!”  This is where leadership, role modelling, culture, and cleverly crafted objectives come into play.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there”.  The vision and the roadmap are important.  Most of us have worked on paper on a “maze ” puzzle.  This is where you are given the end point and the start point and must find your way through a series of twists and turns to connect the two points.  As you know, some turns result in dead ends.   When I work on this puzzle, I usually begin at the end and work my way back to the start point.  As the saying goes, “Begin with the end in mind”.

However, in real life, we rarely get an aerial view of the maze. While we know what the end point is “the vision” and can figure out what the key steps to the roadmap are, we will always make a wrong turn and have to retreat and start again.  This is where taking a deep breath and taking it one step at a time comes into play.

Malu Dy Buncio is Senior Consultant and Chief Business Development Strategist for Mansmith and Fielders (  Her area of expertise is business management, direct selling, communications and strategic planning. She will conduct the 3rd Strategic Planning Seminar on September 3-4, 2014.  She is also available as a speaker for motivational talks.