Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 3, 2008



     Are we resilient in handling life’s challanges? How did we get that way? And, what role does resiliency play is us becoming and being mentally healthy adults, and successful? The second trait in our Indicators of Success is resiliency.

     Resiliency and the third indicator, perseverance, are in a way interestingly similar. Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. Resiliency is not only how we respond and recover from setbacks, but also how well we adapt to change.

     Research in the areas of psychology and psychiatry show that when we bounce back from stress, risk, and trauma we are more likely to experience success in life.  Research also shows that people have an innate capacity for resiliency that operates best when they have had resiliency building conditions and experiences in their lives.

     Resiliency is developed through latitude, a leadership principle we discussed in Elementary Leadership. We develop resiliency when we have the latitude to take chances and make mistakes. As long as we learn, developmental mistakes take us to higher levels of performance than we were previously capable

     The resiliency we develop also makes us “battle tested” and setbacks make us ready to face ongoing challenges in life. This reminds me of one of my favorite books from Reverend Robert Schuller, Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!

     We all know resilient people. These are people who have the positive capacity to cope with stress, difficulties, and shortcomings. This ability to bounce back makes us even stronger and more enlightened as we pursue our goals and vocations.

     As parents, we certainly want a safe atmosphere for our children, but we have to be cautious not to be so overly protective that our children are allowed to develop resiliency. This ability to handle rough waters and to bounce back provides the opportunity for people to be even more successful in athletics and in life.

Keep bouncing back,



  1. A positive mindset will make you much more resilient too. If you have found inner peace then you know that all we have is the present moment. Negativity can move from moment to moment and make things drag on further. Kids have to learn in time how to cope and bounce back from everyday life in order to succeed later in life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: