I am sure there isn’t a single human being on this planet who doesn’t face challenges on a regular basis.
Yes, even the rich and famous ones have to go through difficult times, though it might not seem like it!
In the journey of our lives, problems appear like storms. They come and go as they please and we can’t do anything about it. These problems test our patience, preparedness, skills, and most of all, resilience.
You see, resilience is one of the most crucial qualities to have as a human being. It’s obvious that if you have come this far in your life, resilience must have played a vital role.
But exactly what is resiliency?
Well, it’s the ability to face adversity and bounce back from a difficult period of time.
Reading this, I’m sure you must have been reminded of the times in your life when you faced huge challenges and yet came out on top anyway.
You have probably heard countless times that resilience is important. And you might already know this from experience.
However, there is a difference between knowing and really understanding. You might know a person but not understand them. So, it’s my hope that you understand the concept of resilience after reading this post.
Why Is Resiliency Important?
They say that half the battle is fought and won in the mind.
And whoever “they” are, this statement of theirs is quite correct.
Your perspective and your state of mind play a huge role in how your life will shape up to be. That’s why some people seem to have all the opportunities in life while others struggle to get any.
It’s all about how you view the world and any situation that you come across.
A resilient mind is a very strong mind. This is the state of mind that can serve as your armor as well as a weapon to help fight adversities. If you are going into battle, it only makes sense to carry these with you!
And trust me, facing the challenges of modern-day life is no less than fighting a war. This is why resilience is important. It not only helps defeat your problems but it also makes you stronger in the process.
A stronger you, is a happier you, at the end of the day. It is this that people realize once they overcome their adversities and gain some wisdom.
Benefits of Resilience
Now, to really understand why resilience is crucial, I think it might help to take a look at its benefits. So, let’s take a look at the 3 most important benefits of resilience.
1. Helps You Achieve Your Dreams
I don’t think there is anybody alive today who doesn’t have a dream. Literally, every single person has a dream or a vision of the things/situations/people that they would like to have in their lives.
And this is such a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
The ability to dream and make them a reality is why we have been able to build this civilization of ours. Otherwise, we would still be living in caves and hunting animals!
Anyway, on your path to manifesting your dreams, you are bound to come across problems or pitfalls. Times like these are really crucial points in your journey.
- If you are resilient you are able to deal with these problems and continue to achieve your dreams.
- If you are not resilient, you give up and go back. In this case, your dreams wither and die. And I’m sure nobody wants this to happen to them!
2. Turning Problems Into Opportunities
So, earlier I referenced how some people seem to get all the opportunities in life while others don’t seem to get any. This happens because the former group of people is a resilient one. It’s not rocket science, you see!
If you’re resilient, you will find some way to make a situation work in your favor. It won’t matter to you how bad the situation is, what time of the day it is, how you feel on the inside, or anything else.
All you would care about is turning an unfavorable situation into a favorable one. If a person operates from this state of mind, don’t you think they would be able to turn an obstacle into opportunities?
In fact, there is a very good quote about this from Roy T. Bennett that goes, “Turn obstacles into opportunities and problems into possibilities.”
It is your resilience that will make this happen.
3. A More Fulfilled Life
At the end of the day, we all want to live fulfilled lives, don’t we?
A life where our relationships are strong, health and finances are doing good, we are able to help other people, our dreams are achieved, and so on.
Isn’t this what most people want?
Well, resilience goes a long way in ensuring this life for you. I mean, just think about it!
If you’re resilient, you won’t let your relationships end easily. You will work on improving things and fix what is broken instead of just giving up. The same applies to your career, finances, health, and dreams as well.
If you’re resilient you might also find ways to help other people in your community.
So, what do you think is the result of all of this?
You guessed it! A more fulfilled life.
Historical Icons of Resilience
I understand that sometimes, it might be difficult to find that inner strength to face your obstacles even if you’re generally resilient by nature.
During times like these, it’s often a good idea to look up to figures of inspiration. Thankfully, there have been a ton of them throughout history.
Let’s take 2 examples.
The first one would be Thomas Edison. I’m sure you must already be aware of him and his work. After all, he is the inventor of the light bulb.
Edison had to toil a lot to finally achieve this invention. It is said that he failed 1000 times before he finally succeeded.
Can you imagine the kind of resilience he had, to be able to fail that many times and still continue?
Think about his mental grit. Today, if a person fails even once or twice, they feel like giving up! ( check our article about how to overcome failure here)
The next example that is often cited is that of Steve Jobs. We all know him as the founder of Apple. You know, the company that is worth $2 trillion? Yes, that’s a trillion with a “T”.
Jobs was fired from his own company in 1985. To many, this might not even make sense. How can you be fired from your own company? And yet, this is exactly what happened.
But his resilience kept him going. He founded a new company and made it so good that Apple had to buy it in 1997. Due to this, he was able to return to Apple. He then went on to build one of the most successful tech companies in history and revolutionized smartphones, tablets, computers, music, and so much more.
So, the next time you feel like your inner strength is dwindling, remember the challenges that these two people and countless others went through in history. Maybe that will provide you with the inspiration you need!
What Resilience Isn’t
Now that we know and understand what resilience is and how important it is, let’s also talk about what resilience is not.
Many people might think that being resilient means not feeling any stress or worry. Or that it is some type of mystical state of mind that turns you into the coolest person on the planet who can’t feel any negative emotions whatsoever.
Well, that’s not true.
Even people who are resilient can feel stress and worry.
Resilience is not so much about how you feel, it’s about what you do.
Actions are louder than words and they are certainly louder than emotions also. When a soldier goes to war, they surely feel fear.
Who wouldn’t in the face of death? But despite this, they keep fighting for their country. This is what resilience is. Taking action despite your feelings and emotions that try to hold you back.
Life is a rollercoaster of a ride and no matter what you do, the cycle of highs and lows will never stop. Well, as long as you are alive that is. Challenges will keep coming your way even if you have achieved success. That’s just the nature of life, I think. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy life any less. In fact, you should fully embrace it and everything that it throws at you.
Being resilient will make the journey much easier. It will help you make decisions that will ultimately take you to where you want to go.
Sure, you might still feel a little worried or anxious along the way but at least you won’t give up or turn your back to your own dreams and goals.
You owe it to yourself to give everything you have to build a life that you desire. After all, life is short and from the looks of it, we only get it once!