When was the last time you do a check-in on your habit?

It might be time to make some changes to your habits.

We all have those times when no matter what we do nothing seems to go well. We have setbacks and adversities, but it is how we deal with them that determines whether we are resilient.

For resilient people, these difficulties do not seem life-threatening or permanent. They usually bounce back and are able to see the opportunity or positive side of an event. They have consistent habits that enable them to recover from obstacles.

Here are six habits of resilient people who have faced adversity and setbacks and have become stronger after each event. 

Strong Support Network

Successful people cannot rely on just themselves.  They have a strong and supportive network of friends, family, colleagues,

and other acquaintances they engage with on a regular basis. These relationships allow them to build confidence, connection and growth as they interact with others. These network connections support them when problems arise. 

Strong Sense of Purpose

Those who are resilient are active and mindful of where they are headed. They do not take “no” for an answer and are very persistent in their actions. They have a goal in mind, and they take steps to achieve that goal no matter what obstacles occur.  They believe in themselves and in their goals.

Positive Attitude

These people face life with optimism and positivity each day. They are self-reliant and don’t see themselves as “Eeyore” in Winnie the Pooh, who always doubts himself and never sees the bright side of the situation. They take charge and accept responsibility for what they do. They understand that things will not always go well, but they are determined to make the best of it.

Acceptance of Change

They move forward in life understanding that changes happen daily and they are OK with that. Resilient people accept change and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.  If they lose their job, they see it as an opportunity to find a new career or pursue their dream job. They see change as an opportunity to grow and improve their life and career.

Big Picture View

Resilient people always look at the big picture of life and career. They take a holistic approach and see a negative event as just a bump in the road. They see opportunity in adversity. By seeing the big picture, you can set goals to help you move forward in life and career.


They make sure to take care of themselves each and every day. This is done twice a day for 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Self-care is so important to keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. It allows them a chance to recharge and reduce stress.  It is also a chance to step back from a busy day with clarity and energy. 

These are just six habits that resilient people practice. There are also many other habits that are important to build your resilience. No matter where you are in life, you should always look for ways to improve your reaction to adversity. This will build your resilience and enable you to thrive and prosper in life and career.


  • Mark Danaher

    Career, Life and Leadership Coach, Virtual Speaker and Trainer

    Careers by Design LLC

    Mark Danaher is a career/life/leadership coach and certified career counselor who helps leaders elevate their careers and life to one they will love.  He helps his clients make the best of tough situations so they can be their best professionally and personally.   Mark uses coaching along with his extensive career development knowledge and expertise to offer his clients a uniquely holistic approach to making career and life pivots.  He helps his clients manage burnout, stress, and anxiety, integrate balance into their lives so they can make a meaningful change in their lives. He uses a holistic narrative career approach to help people tell their stories and learn from their careers and life.  Mark completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in Economics and History and went on to earn his Masters at the University of Connecticut in Counseling Psychology.   Mark was the President of the National Career Development Association in 2014-2015 and continues to volunteer for the organization.   He is certified as a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Career Counselor, Holistic Narrative Career Professional, Retirement Options Coach, 2 Young to Retire Coach, Job, and Career Development Coach, Job and Career Transition Coach, and a Certified Career Service Provider.  Mark is a Master Trainer for the Facilitating Career Development Certificate and School Career Development Advisor certificate is actively coaching training, and teaching throughout the year.  He is now a Master Practioner of the Energy Leadership Index which is a great assessment to understand how you use your energy in your everyday life and under stress.  It gives you a great insight into how you can improve your everyday interactions and connections with colleagues, employees, family, and beyond.