Characteristics of a successful personResilience – the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, and other significant sources of stress. It can also be thought of as “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.

Many people think that resilience is a trait that you were either born with or not. But according to the American Psychological Association resilience can be learned and developed in anyone because it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions.

Some factors that contribute to resilience include:

  • Having caring and supportive relationships
  • The capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out
  • A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities
  • Skills in communication and problem-solving
  • The capacity to manage strong feelings

To be a successful leader you have to be able to manage your thoughts and behaviors and make sure that you are maintaining a positive attitude.

Below is a list of ways to build your resilience.

  • Make connections with others – develop supportive relationships
  • Avoid seeing a crisis as an insurmountable problem
  • Accept that change is part of living
  • Move toward your goals – keep moving in the direction of your goals
  • Take decisive actions
  • Look for opportunities for self-discovery
  • Maintain confidence in your abilities
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook
  • Take care of yourself

I think the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, H. Jackson Brown sums up resilience very well in his quote “Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.” I’d like to hear your strategies to building resilience. Please leave a comment below.