Getting Gritty: Build Your Resiliency Skills

 Fall seven times and stand up eight– Japanese proverb

There is a basic fact to be faced in working towards a goal: There will be failure. After that failure, you decide to give up or keep going. That’s what resiliency is all about: learning from troubles and continuing on. 

So how do we build our resiliency skills? The American Psychological Association has some tips:

  1. Have a support system (friends, family).
  2. Take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  3. Trust in your ability to solve problems.
  4. Set realistic goals and break them down into small action plans. 
  5. Try to solve problems instead of avoiding them.
  6. Focus on what you can do in the present, instead of possible future catastrophes.

Perhaps the key lesson here, and to all the ‘Getting Gritty’ posts is best summed up by Ken Bain in his book, What the Best College Students Do: “In part, success comes simply from taking control over your own education, from realizing you are in charge.”

The same can be said for life.



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