The Importance of Resilience


When faced with a problem or crisis, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the things that feel far beyond our control. Instead of wishing there was some way you could go back in time or change things, I say try focusing only on the things that are in our control. Life is never perfect. As much as we wish things would ‘just go our way,’ difficulties are inevitable, and we all have to deal with them.

Resilience can be defined as the ability and tendency to “bounce back.” Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. This concept isn’t about floating through life on a breeze, or skating by all of life’s many challenges unscathed, rather, it’s about experiencing all of the negative, difficult, and distressing events that life throws at us and staying on task, being optimistic, and high-functioning. 

If we never ran into disappointment in the first place, we would never learn how to deal with it. Resilience doesn’t have to be an empty or vague concept, it is ultimately, a set of skills that can be taught. It’s time we invest our energy to understand what resilience really means.

When we accept that change is an inevitable part of living, and that we can always replace goals that have become unattainable with new, more relevant goals we can grow by focusing on aspects of life with an optimistic outlook that empowers us to visualize what we want, rather than what we fear.

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