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How To Build Lifelong Resilience

(Based on The Power of Resilience by Robert Brooks, PhD., and Sam Goldstein, PhD.)

The first thing to remember is that nurturing resilience is a lifelong, open-ended process. It is never too late to start developing a resilient mindset. Resilience is not limited to a privileged few, but is available to anyone who longs to thrive rather than merely exist.

The following is a list of some inspiring principles that can guide you to greater resilience in your life:

  • Do not wait for others to change first for you to achieve success and happiness. You are the main force responsible for changing anything in your life that is holding you back from being the person you want to be.

  • Be optimistic, but don't forget that change takes time and does not happen overnight.

  • Anticipate mistakes and setbacks. Always be prepared with a Plan B.

  • When you make a mistake, try asking "what can I learn from this?" rather than being self critical.

  • Celebrate your accomplishments and successes without bragging. You deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. Allow yourself to experience the joy of success.

  • Make others a priority in your life. Develop and maintain meaningful, committed connections with the people who matter to you in your life.

  • Participate in activities that benefit other people. Be a vital, contributing member of society.

  • Be authentic by living a life based on your own values and principles. As Shakespeare so wisely stated in Hamlet: "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."

This is not an exhaustive list, and I would love to hear what additional principles you have learned in your own life! Send me an email at

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