The last couple of years have tested our collective resilience – the economic downturn and layoffs have certainly taken their toll on a lot of individual lives. But even if you haven’t been a victim of the recession, it’s a safe bet you still know what it means to have a setback, whether in a relationship, your health or dealing with any unexpected challenges. What is it that allows some people to bounce back while others languish after a setback? What will empower you to become better as a result of a setback or challenge, rather than bitter?
Research shows that resilient people think differently. They have a set of skills – sometimes learned, other times innate – that allow them to persevere, manage stress and triumph in the face of challenges. Here are five of the things resilient people do...
Valorie Burton is the author of several books, including Listen to Your Life and What’s Really Holding You Back?, and is founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute. Her latest book is Where Will You Go From Here?, a helpful guide for moving forward when life doesn't go as planned. Subscribe to her FREE inspirational e-newsletter at www.valorieburton.com.
They are Authentic
Resilient people are at peace with their humanity. Perhaps it is because their mistakes along the way have humbled them, or life experiences have helped them accept their own vulnerability, but resilient people don’t let imperfections hinder them.
They don’t think failing means being a “failure.” They learn as they go, making course corrections that lead them to positive outcomes.
They are Flexible Thinkers
They are (Mostly) Optimistic
They Reach Out
They Use Their Strengths
Everyone has innate talents and strengths. When faced with a challenge, there is power in tapping into those strengths – the things that come naturally to you. It takes less energy to use your strengths, in fact, you are energized by your strengths. Know what yours are and use them.
Valorie Burton's latest book is Where Will You Go From Here?
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