How to Foster a Spirit of Resilience

Dec 5, 2020

In today’s uncertain world, a spirit of resilience is essential. Resiliency helps us navigate periods of uncertainty by keeping us agile as we deal with unexpected circumstances. And it’s not just about being responsive to circumstances but also acting proactively.

We can increase our capacity for uncertainty by increasing our skills and capabilities. The bigger our skillset, the more flexible we can be when dealing with uncertainty because we are equipped to look at challenges from multiple perspectives.

Resilience is personal. It’s about the ability to cope and leverage inner strength. To foster a spirit of resilience, make it a core value by practicing gratitude, building healthy relationships, engaging in self-reflection, and sharpening your communication skills.


Gratitude is a positive emotion and a state of mind. It has the power to elevate our well-being and increase our resilience by allowing us to feel satisfied here and now. It’s not about minimizing hardship but managing tough times and remembering there is still good around us.


Relationships that offer encouragement and reassurance strengthen resilience through connection. Supportive networks help people overcome adversity and shine.


When we understand our strengths and our weaknesses we are able to adjust to circumstances accordingly and move forward instead of getting stuck spending our energy fighting whatever the current reality may be.

Communication Skills

Good communication generates positive emotions. Positive emotions are an antidote to feelings of overwhelm. Knowing more about how to communicate clearly and with care helps us to articulate what we’re going through and avoid further problems.

Little shifts, day after day, go a long way in impacting our spirit of resilience. Intentionality is key. First understand what resilience means to you personally. Next take a very intentional approach of doing something daily to build your resilience and maintain a record of your progress.

Activities can be as simple as keeping a gratitude journal, making an overdue phone call, or reflecting on where you demonstrated resilience during the day. You’ve done hard things before. You can do hard things again. The point is to be intentional and proactive.

We have more control over our resilience than we might have thought. We are stronger than we think. It just takes awareness, intentionality, and perseverance to turn the unexpected into opportunities for learning and growth.