This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Feel Positive in Tough Times


~the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity

~the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; grit; agility


Cynthia L. Watke

Life Transformation Coach



Resilience isn’t something you were just born with, but it can be learned and developed with the use of a few skills. Part of being human is facing life’s curve-balls. Part of being resilient is growing through those opportunities rather than letting them keep you down.

You can learn something from every moment, and developing flexibility will help you do that. When you practice resilience, you’ll find more intrinsic-motivation and feel more hope.

The skills that go into being resilient are excellent for leadership, relationships, and self-compassion. As you think about your thoughts, you’ll become more self-aware. 

You’ll feel empowered to build the life you want to live.


Is it possible to change the way you react to unfavorable circumstances? Yes, you can respond to life’s setbacks and traumas with balance and thoughtfulness.

You can develop specific, powerful skills to help maintain enthusiasm while moving from one opportunity to another.

What are the best skills to develop to improve your ability to bounce back?

Power  Skill 1. To begin, you’ll learn about resilience and how it can enhance your life. Explore what bouncing back really looks like in action.

Power Skill 2. Learn to handle difficult emotions with curiosity instead of with an adverse reaction. Discover some key things you can do to harness the ability to keep your cool in times of chaos or confusion.

Power Skill 3. This section dives into your ability to take decisive action by taking responsibility for your situation. Taking responsibility means getting curious and compassionate so you can learn and move forward with more clarity.

Power Skill 4. Times of stress can lead to isolation. Having a support system in place builds resilience by providing structure and encouragement. People who are in your community can help with problem-solving and taking the next steps.

Power Skill 5. It’s difficult to be resilient if you’re giving into critical self-talk and beating yourself up. Though it can be difficult, it’s possible to change your thinking. You will, in turn, change your behavior and perspective.

Power Skill 6. Physical exercise is an excellent source of motivation, energy, and confidence. It’s a beautiful outlet for anxiety, stress, depression, and other stressors. You’ll find ways to exercise that work for you and are fun.

Power Skill 7. You can strengthen your resilience muscle by giving yourself challenges to overcome. By overcoming these challenges, you will improve your confidence and increase your belief in your strength. In this section, learn what you can do to set yourself up for success.

These powerful skills will help you stand tall through the processes of life. Let’s dive into these skills to ensure your understanding of how you can apply them to your life.

Here you may download a printable version of the complete book, Feel Positive in Tough Times. (click on title) The printable version includes several bonus sections, including affirmations, meditations, and inspirational quote pages.

You may also download a pdf version that is basically a viewbook for viewing on a computer only. Click here:   Viewbook: Feel Positive in Tough Times