Have you noticed how some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome any setbacks with ease and walk around with a great sense of control over their lives…
While others tend to dwell on their problems and get easily rattled when unexpected challenges arise?
Well, the difference relies in a person’s mental resilience, which is the ability to adapt to life tasks in the face of challenge and adversity.
Resilience can also be defined as the power or ability to return to the original form, aka elasticity or having buoyancy by recovering from illness and depression.1
Resilient people are able to bounce back quicker and adapt easier to new situations.
They live more balanced lives and can clearly focus on what is ahead without being dragged down.
So how do you know if you’re naturally a resilient person?
Well, you can start by reviewing traits of resilient people, and taking notes on these tips to develop more resilience in your life:
Trait 1. Resilient people don’t have problems; they have challenges.
They look at their mistakes as lessons and opportunities for growth; they don’t see them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-esteem.
How to learn from your mistakes: Acknowledge that every experience in life has the power to teach you something valuable, so always look to find that important message. Know that things happen for you, not to you.
Trait 2. Resilient people are more optimistic.
They see the effects of difficult situations as temporary, rather than permanent. For example, they might say, "I did the best I could this time, but will do even better next time," rather than "I did such a bad job at this, I'm never going to get it right."
How to maintain a positive perspective: Even though a situation or traumatic experience can be extremely overwhelming in the moment, consider that it might not affect you significantly in the long run. Before going into panic mode, assess how this will impact your life, try to remain calm and focus on a solution instead. Remember that it is your choice how you choose to react to every situation.
Trait 3. Resilient people are confident.
They’re kind and empathetic, however they don’t waste time worrying about what others might say or think about them. They realize that others’ opinions are simply a reflection of those other people, and it has nothing to do with them. Resilient people are also looking ahead into the future, with confidence that there are wonderful things to come.
How to build your self-confidence: Self-confidence is knowing that you’re going to succeed in spite of the setbacks you could face. So take pride in your abilities and don’t be afraid to take risks.
Trait 4. Resilient people spend their time and energy focused on situations that make them feel empowered and content.
They put their efforts into events that they have control over, as they know that worrying about things out of their control serves no purpose. A motto I like to live by is, "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your way of thinking about it.”
How to feel empowered and content: Do things that bring meaning to your life and that will get you closer to your goals. A really great way to start is by investing your time into learning more about yourself; your strengths and your weaknesses.
Trait 5. Resilient people are committed to their goals.
These goals are not just work or career-related, they’re also personal goals such as health, relationships, friendships and beliefs. Resilient people work on their own personal development by investing time into themselves and rewarding themselves at big and small accomplishments. Being proud of yourself is a great way to become more resilient.
How to be more committed to yourself and your goals: Start by eating healthy, getting enough sleep, practicing meditation and exercising. These can all help you manage stress. When you take care of your mind and body, you’re better equipped to deal with adversities. Also, make time to nurture your relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers. Sometimes a simple laugh with a close one is the perfect nourishment!
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*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on June 12th, 2017 to include the latest information for our readers.
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.