Resilience is the ability to recover or bounce back quickly from illness, change, or misfortune. It is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity and tragedy, such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial problems.
The topic of resilience has come up a lot lately. I have read articles and attended meetings on how to build resilience in uncertain and difficult times.
What are the signs of resilience? And what are the signs of lack of resilience?
I found a good answer in the book “Leadership from Inside Out” by Kevin Cashman.
The following lists come from the book, with a few additions from me.
Signs of resilience
- Abundant energy
- Ability to focus deeply
- Ability to change and adapt
- Ability to manage strong feeling, emotions and impulses
- problem-solving skills
- Internally driven motivation
- Optimism and confidence
- Strong relationships and social network
- Creativity and innovation
- Vitality and enthusiasm
- Healthy lifestyle
- Little or no usage of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol
- Achievement with ease
- Optimal productivity
- Feeling “on the top of” situations
Signs of lack of resilience
- Nervous, manic energy
- Wandering, unfocused mind
- Externally driven motivation
- Strain in relationships
- Dullness, lack of inspiration
- Depression and fatigue
- Regular usage of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol
- Achievement via strain and effort
- Less than optimal productivity
- Feeling “overshadowed” by situations