The 12 habits of resilient people

People who practice resilience:

  1. They are aware of its potentials and limitations. Self-knowledge is a very powerful weapon to face adversities and challenges, and resilient people know how to use it to their advantage. These people know what their main strengths and abilities are, as well as their limitations and shortcomings. In this way, more objective goals can be set that not only take into account their needs and dreams, but also the resources available to achieve them.
  2. They are creative. The person with a high capacity for resilience does not limit himself to trying to glue the broken vase, he is aware that he will never be the same again. The resilient will mosaic the broken pieces, and transform your painful experience into something beautiful or useful. From the vile, bring out the precious.
  3. They trust their abilities. By being aware of their potentials and limitations, resilient people trust what they are capable of. If there is something that characterizes them, it is that they do not lose sight of their objectives and feel sure of what they can achieve. However, they also recognize the importance of teamwork and do not become self-contained, but rather know when to ask for help.
  4. They take difficulties as an opportunity to learn. Throughout life we ​​face many painful situations that discourage us, but people with a high level of resilience are able to see beyond those moments and do not falter. These people take on crises as an opportunity to create change, to learn and grow. They know that those moments will not last forever and that their future will depend on how they react. When faced with adversity they ask themselves: what can I learn from this.
  5. They practice mindfulness or mindfulness. Even without being aware of this ancient practice, resilient people have the habit of being fully present, of living in the here and now and of having a great capacity for acceptance. For these people the past is part of yesterday and is not a source of guilt and anxiety while the future does not stun them with its share of uncertainty and concerns. They are able to accept experiences as they are presented and try to make the most of them. They enjoy the little details and have not lost their ability to be amazed at life.
  6. They view life objectively, but always through an optimistic prism. Resilient people are very objective, they know what their potentials are, the resources available to them and their goals, but that does not mean that they are not optimistic. Realizing that nothing is completely positive or negative, they strive to focus on the positives and enjoy the challenges. These people develop a realistic optimism, also called optimism, and they are convinced that no matter how dark their day may be, the next day may be better.
  7. They surround themselves with people who have a positive attitude. People who practice resilience know how to cultivate their friendships, so they generally surround themselves with people who maintain a positive attitude towards life and avoid those who behave like emotional vampires. In this way, they manage to create a solid support network that can sustain them in the most difficult moments.
  8. They are not trying to control situations, but their emotions. One of the main sources of tension and stress is the desire to want to control all aspects of our life. So when something gets out of hand, we feel guilty and insecure. However, people with resilience know that it is impossible to control all situations, they have learned to deal with uncertainty and feel comfortable even if they are not in control. They focus on changing their emotions, when they cannot change reality.
  9. They are flexible in the face of change. Despite the fact that resilient people have a very clear self-image and know exactly what they want to achieve, they also have enough flexibility to adapt their plans and change their goals when necessary. These people are not closed to change and are always willing to value different alternatives, without obsessively clinging to their initial plans or to a single solution.
  10. They are tenacious in their purposes. The fact that resilients are flexible does not mean that they give up on their goals, on the contrary, if something distinguishes them it is their perseverance and their ability to fight. The difference is that they do not fight against windmills, but take advantage of the direction of the current and flow with it. These people have an intrinsic motivation that helps them stand firm and fight for what they set out to do.
  11. They face adversity with humor. One of the essential characteristics of resilient people is their sense of humor, they are able to laugh at adversity and make a joke of their misfortunes. Laughter is their best ally because it helps them stay optimistic and, above all, it allows them to focus on the positive aspects of situations.
  12. They seek the help of others and social support. When resilient people go through a potentially traumatic event their first objective is to overcome it, for this they are aware of the importance of social support and do not hesitate to seek professional help when they need it.