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5 Traits That Reveal If You’re A Resilient Person

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 decide that you want to be your best and that you can deal constructively with any challenge in life. 

Resilient people are usually able to bounce back much faster and adapt much easier to new situations.

They live more balanced lives and can refocus on what is ahead without being dragged down.

So how do you know if you’re naturally a resilient person?

Find out here by reviewing these traits of resilient people and also learn tips on how to further develop resilience in your life.

Trait 1- Resilient people don’t have problems, instead 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. 

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 didn’t do well on this project’, rather than ‘I can never do a good job’. 

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, 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 look forward to the future as they’re confident that brighter days are ahead. 

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 in events that they have control over as they know that worrying about things out of their control serves no purpose.

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, which are not only work or career related. They commit to their health, relationships, friendships and beliefs.

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 more able to deal with adversities. 

Developing strong relationships with your colleagues and friends is also important, as they can offer you help and support. Instead of drawing back from people, nurture these relationships and never feel afraid to seek the help of a mentor. 

About Natalie Ledwell

Natalie Ledwell
Natalie Ledwell is the bestselling author of ‘Never in Your Wildest Dreams’, an inspiring speaker and Co­-Founder of Mind Movies. Natalie has reached over 2.1 million people around the globe empowering them to use the same success principles she used to crawl out from under $120K of credit card debt to build a multi million dollar company. Natalie passionately fulfills her mission of making a positive difference around the world through her commitment to donate 10,000 Mind Movies for Kids accounts and her school curriculum to underprivileged children in Colombia. This ground breaking program educates children on the power of their thoughts and words, how to build their self esteem, to see the best in others and have hope for their future.

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5 comments

  1. I really wish I were a more resilient person. The trait I most admire is the ability to see challenges as opportunities! I try to not get too discouraged, but I wish I had an outlook of gratitude for hardship and what it’s teaching me. In my religious tradition we are taught that we are not promised a happy or easy life, but it’s funny how many of us seem to expect that. One thing that helps is that I truly believe that we would not appreciate the good times if we didn’t also have bad times. It is unfortunate but this is the way of the world, human beings can get used to anything.

    I liked that this article contained some proactive suggestions for improving resiliency!

  2. Great article! I’ve heard of another concept similar to resilience called being “anti-Fragile” On one hand,they compared being resilient as like a phoenix rising from the ashes. The creature was able to bounce back from the fire of adversity but it’s still the same. On the other hand they described being anti-fragile like the mythical hydra where the more you cut its limbs, it grows with a new one with twice the number and makes it even more powerful.

  3. I think resilience really only requires one trait: the willingness to start over. All of the things mentioned above are valuable traits, traits that are in fact very good and precious. However, resilient people don’t always have the chance to set goals, let alone be committed to them. That’s a luxury that some of us can not afford. Resilience, for those of us who have first-hand experience with poverty and prejudice, sometimes comes in the simple form of keeping one’s head above the water. As unglamorous as that may sound, there is a beauty to it. It is neither easy nor simple. It’s all very well and good for the author to write about how resilient people don’t care what others think. But, sometimes, resilience can mean going to a small-town canned food drive to pick up that week’s meals for your children. People from your community see you there and your face burns. True resilience occurs in the person who picks up the food anyway, despite caring very much what people think and say. There’s much more to resilience than meets the eye.

  4. Just by reading the first line I can say I am a resilient person because I don’t see a problem as a problem, but as an obstacle to overcome. I am also someone extremely optimistic so this helps me face all the difficulties in my day to day.

  5. I have often wondered how some people seem to cope so easily with extreme hardship, and I am sure I’m not alone in sometimes wondering why things can seem so difficult for me when I really don’t have that much to worry about – I have a roof over my head, food to eat and won’t be sleeping in the cold tonight. This article has some great tips, and though it’s often said that remaining positive is important, it’s actually quite hard work to get into the mindset. You have to actively unlearn bad habits, and that takes persistence, but it pays back tenfold in building a resilient mental attitude!

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