How To Build Resilience!


Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles.

Gary Blackledge talks about resilience and how he approaches the challenges that happen in everyday life.

According to Gary, resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals. He believes that resilience and mindset have a strong connection and there are differences between ‘fixed mindset’ and ‘growth mindset’.

Fixed mindset

  • Tends to avoid challenges
  • Gives up easily
  • Ignores useful negative feedback

Growth mindset

  • Embraces challenges
  • Persists in the face of adversity
  • Learns from criticism

On a further note, Greg believes that resiliency is extremely important because obstacles will always arise in an effort to derail you from your goals. Here are his tips on how to build resilience:

1. Plan. ‘Overcoming obstacles and challenges become exponentially easier and more realistic when there is already an action plan in place.’

2. Be aware that increasing our awareness and ability is a multiple-step process that we can achieve with:

  • Establishing our goal
  • Identifying the necessary steps to make that goal happen
  • Diagnosing potential obstacles that may arise
  • Creating an action plan to maximize the necessary steps and minimize potential obstacles
  • Implementing the action plan

If you’re already thinking about building a resilience start with thinking about what you would like to accomplish to improve your health and wellbeing. Think of reasons why this goal matters to you. Write it down so you can track your steps.

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