The 7 Building Blocks Of Resilience And How To Become Resilient

What is Resilience?

According to Oxford Languages, resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” It is the ability to bounce back from setbacks, overcome challenges and cope well with stressful situations.

Why is resilience important?

Resilience is important because it means that we do not wallow in our defeat but instead acknowledge and learn from them. Resilience enables us to go forth despite setbacks. It can be the difference between giving up on our dreams or pushing forward until we achieve them.

The Building Blocks of Resilience

According to Dr Ginsburg, child paediatrician and human development expert, there are 7 essential elements to resilience. He calls these the 7 C’s of resilience.

  • Competence- the ability to do something efficiently and handle difficult situations effectively
  • Confidence- the feeling or belief that you can accomplish a task, faith in your ability to do something
  • Connection- a sense of belonging and having close ties to someone or community
  • Character- qualities both moral and mental that are unique to a person
  • Contribution- knowing that you have a part to play in the world and that the world is better for having you in it
  • Coping- the ability to overcome difficult situations with the use of effective coping mechanisms
  • Control- the right to direct your life and influence the course of events

These elements are the building blocks of resilience because they provide you with the proper tools to overcome life events.

How to Become Resilient


Resilient people see challenges and setbacks as temporary. They see them as lessons to be learned and applied to make better decisions. Resilient people are committed to their goals and are willing to overcome any difficulties to attain them. Resilient people focus on the parts of their life that they can control and influence. They do not let a failure in one area of their life affect another and do not blame themselves for bad events. They look at things objectively to find the cause. As a result of these qualities and mindset, they feel empowered and confident in their ability to overcome and become.


  • Set goals- determine how you will handle difficult situations that come up. Make a list of your copings skills. When engaging in a new project, analyse and come up with contingency plans for dealing with potential setbacks.
  • Have a strong community- when challenges arise it is important to have persons who you can turn to for help. Find someone that you can talk to and discuss difficulties with. Sometimes having another head can lead to ideas and ways to handle a challenging situation.
  • Believe in yourself- this I think is one of the most important steps in building resilience. Knowing that you can overcome challenges. Believing in you abilities to accomplish a task, find solutions to a problem and direct your future is crucial. Everything you do starts with you and your belief. Remember Henry Ford said that, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”
  • Embrace change- Life is ever-changing. It never goes completely as plan. It is time to embrace the fact that something will always come up. Learning to be flexible is an essential mindset to develop. That way you are never fully surprised or unprepared for challenges. You may not know exactly what will happen but at least you are mentally prepared to adapt if something does.
  • Practice self-care- when you neglect yourself you are more prone to giving up. You have to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Fill your mind with positive thoughts and information that will help you grow and learn. Take care of your body by getting enough sleep and providing it with proper nutrition. Take care of your spirit by making time for stillness and to confer with yourself and whatever higher power you believe in.

Developing resilience will not happen immediately. The key is to work on developing the qualities of a resilient person every day. Eventually, you will not have to think about it and you will find yourself embracing and navigating challenges easier. Remember only by overcoming obstacles and embracing challenges do we grow our mindset and develop resilience.

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