Resilience is the ability to recover from, or adjust when faced with difficult situations.
It’s the capacity to withstand stress and adversity, to maintain a positive outlook, and to remain hopeful in the face of setbacks.
People who are resilient have a greater ability to cope with life’s challenges and even thrive in spite of them.
There are many factors that contribute to resilience, including a positive outlook, a strong support system, past experience, and effective coping skills. People who are resilient are often able to draw on these resources to help them weather difficult times.
While resilience is often thought of as a personality trait, it can also be viewed as a skill that can be learned and developed, much like a growth mindset.
Just as you can learn to ride a bike or play an instrument, you can also learn how to become more resilient, with self-awareness, mindset, grit and perseverance playing an enormous part.
The following quotes are a great example of the mindset required to keep going through setbacks and overcoming challenges in life. Because those who are resilient will always have the leading edge. Resilience is definitely a super-power!
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” Robert Jordan
“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
“When there’s a setback, someone with a fixed mindset will start thinking, ‘Maybe I don’t have what it takes?’ They may get defensive and give up. A hallmark of a successful person is that they persist in the face of obstacle, and often, these obstacles are blessings in disguise.” Carol S. Dweck
“I think we build resilience to prepare for whatever adversity we’ll face. And we all face some adversity – we’re all living some form of Option B.” Sheryl Sandberg
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve
“To have a comeback, you have to have a setback.” Mr. T
“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.” Travis Bradberry
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George Horace Lorimer
“Whenever you have a failure or setback, you need to take a step back and find out what you can learn from the scenario. What did you do to contribute to that failure? This way, you can make sure you don’t repeat that pattern.” Jillian Michaels
“Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.” Les Brown
“Failing well is a skill. Letting girls do it gives them critical practice coping with a negative experience. It also gives them the opportunity to develop a kind of confidence and resilience that can only be forged in times of challenge.” Rachel Simmons
“It’s not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It’s the setback. It’s the loss.” Beth Brooke
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
“He’s a million rubber bands in his resilience.” Alan K. Simpson
“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” B. F. Skinner
“Every setback means you’re one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass.” Joel Osteen
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” Gever Tulley
“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Angela Duckworth
“Each one of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” Sheryl Sandberg
“Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.” Naomi Wolf
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Steve Maraboli
“There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success.” Amy Morin
“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” Steve Goodier
“As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.” Mike Tyson
“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.” Mary Pierce
“You’ve done it before, and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” Ralph Marston
“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” Denis Waitley
“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” Shane Koyczan
“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.” Sophie Kinsella
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” Jodi Picoult
“Of course, fear does not automatically lead to courage. Injury does not necessarily lead to insight. Hardship will not automatically make us better. Pain can break us or make us wiser. Suffering can destroy us or make us stronger. Fear can cripple us, or it can make us more courageous. It is resilience that makes the difference.” Eric Greitens
“Someone said adversity builds character, but someone else said adversity reveals character. I’m pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere, and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on, realizing that you can make a choice to take the good.” Brooke Shields
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino
“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” Jamais Cascio
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge
“The cognitive skills that underpin resilience, then, seem like they can indeed be learned over time, creating resilience where there was none.” Maria Konnikova
“I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” Jay Ellis
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Vince Lombardi
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
“The most important lesson to remember is that failure is inevitable, but so is success, so rebound.” Naveen Tewari
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