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1. “My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many ways, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.”
Steve Goodier

2. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
Margaret Thatcher

3. “If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way.”
― Suzy Kassem

4. “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Nelson Mandela

5. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Maya Angelou

6. “Every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did.”

7. “The oak fought the wind and was broken; the willow bent when it must and survived.”
―Robert Jordan

8. “Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”
Mary Oliver

9. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out.”

10. “I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

11. “If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”
― Shane Koyczan

12. “Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
― José N. Harris

13. “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”
― Germany Kent

14. “My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.”
― Paula McLain

15. “There will be times in your life when things simply have to be replaced because they are tired, broken, worn out, harmful, outdated, or irrelevant. Take an inventory of the things that no longer serve your best and highest good so you can replace them with things that do.”
― Susan C. Young

16. “Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.”
― Kate DiCamillo

17. “Happiness does not mean that our problems magically disappear—it means that we are better able to deal with them.”
― Randy Taran

18. “We make the choice . . . and then the choice makes us.”
― Jaco Strydom

19. “For in the end kindness is all that matters, and it is through our selfless acts and kind ways, that each of us will remain… remarkably intact.”
― Celia Belt

20. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Sheryl Sandberg

21. “A knock down does not have to be a knock out.”
― Kyle Vidrine

22. “The heart is one of the strongest muscles in the body…and you’re all heart.”
― Kathryn Apel

23. “You find your resilience hidden deep inside of you – you remember your past, you count your blessings, and you start to love yourself again, for who you were, who you are, and who you had become.”
― Claudia Pavel

24. “Remember an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards; so when you feel like life is dragging you down with difficulties, it simply means that it’s going to launch you to something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
― Megan Street

25. “I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget.”
― Erin VanVuren

26. “We can be bitter, or we can be better. Those words are my North Star.”
― Caryn Sullivan

27. “Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you are right.”
― Henry Ford

28. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
― Bethany Hamilton

29. “I think we all get the chance to do a little rebuilding at some point in our lives.”
― Joanna Gaines

30. “And after you have done everything…STAND.”
― Ephesians 6:13


Life can bring all kinds of stressors, including divorce, the death of a loved one, relentless job and family demands, or a career setback.  Unfortunately, most people don’t have the coping skills they need to meet these challenges.

*** Surprises are the new normal; resilience is the new skill. ***

Fifty years of research in the psychological sciences has given us a good grasp of what makes someone RESILIENT. Resilience is a skill that allows you to cope with challenges with greater clarity and inner strength. Resilient people not only survive after a setback, they come back stronger and wiser.

Fortunately, we now know that resilience can be developed. Think of resilience as an emotional muscle that can be strengthened at any time. There are specific action steps you can take to speed up your emotional recovery in times of stress.


  • understand what resilience is
  • develop skills to create a resilient mindset
  • manage anxiety, fear, and focus when you’re in the “eye of the storm”
  • face challenges with more clarity and positivity
  • increase your self-awareness to control over-thinking and worry
  • overcome obstacles and find peace despite stress and chaos
  • enhance your life purpose, satisfaction, and success

Discover how to boost your own resilience here:

positive leadership, leadership development, leadership training

Dr. Stefani Yorges

I am a psychologist and professional leadership coach. I partner with people who want to rise to their full potential so they can have an increasingly greater impact on others.

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