How to Build Resilience

How to Build Resilience

How to Build Resilience

I must admit, learning how to build resilience is one of my favourite topics.   I am always delighted when I am asked to run a workshop or speak at a wellbeing event on the topic of How to Build Resilience.

Resilience impacts everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you are, having a good level of resilience inside of you, just makes your life easier and less stressful! Life just feels less bumpy and more in the flow.

The Emotional Roller Coaster

Many of us live our lives on the emotional roller coaster.  We don’t find that ‘gentle steadiness‘ inside of us. As a result, we live with our emotions going up and down like a roller coaster.  Our mood can fluctuate depending on who we are hanging out with, whether we are home or at work or the people we are surrounded by.

A lack of resilience make us fearful, worrying about what can go wrong and fearing the worst.  It also makes it difficult to  bounce back from life’s inevitable twists and turns.

Build Resilience

For me, resilience is  about having the steadiness of a rock inside of you. It enable you to stand firm and flexible in the knowledge that you can cope when things go wrong and it is not the end of the world!  It is the ability to look forward and not get too upset or deflated by things not going according to your plan. It is the ability to also ‘ let go’ rather than always wishing things had turned out differently.

Feeling resilient is also a nicer place to be both in your body and mind! It gives you a sense of sureness, a sense that even if things are changing around you, that you can stay ok and in control of your happiness and emotions from the inside out. Most of all, resilience lets you know that you are going to be ok, you can cope and everything is really going to be ok!

Common Traits of Resilient People

1) Trusting that things will work out ok.

2) Trusting that things will work out well in the end.

3)  Seeing change as natural and something that they can cope with.

4)  Caring about how they feel so they won’t allow themselves to get hung up on ‘what is’.

5)  Caring about how they feel so they would prefer to focus on the outcome that they desire.

Here are a few of my top tips on how to build resilience:

  •  Be kind to yourself – resilience is often about the fear of not being able to cope or the fear of change.
  • Soothe and encourage yourself and tell yourself it will all work out.
  • Try the affirmation ‘Even though it doesn’t feel like it, everything is working out for me’.
  • Question your thought patterns – are you mind reading?
  • Ask yourself – What’s the worst that could happen?


Just like confidence, building resilience is like a building up a muscle.

Often the first step is learning to be kinder to ourselves and recognise that it is only our fearful thoughts that cause us to step onto and stay on that emotional roller coaster.   For more tips on how to build resilience, please see Lisa’s article in Nature and Health Magazine. 

Lisa Phillips is the author of The Confidence Coach and a confidence coach based in Sydney.  Lisa regularly speaks at conferences and runs workshops for organisations on a range of topics including Confidence, Self Empowerment, Resilience and Team Building. . To find out more, please see or check out her appearances in the media here

Please see here for a Video clip of Lisa Phillips speaking on Royal Caribbean Cruises on the topic of Building Resilience.

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