Is the path to success an easy one? The simple answer is no. On any road to success, you will be met with challenges and detours. Those who can work through challenges aren’t just lucky. It takes hard work and determination to carve your own path. So what makes resilient individuals different from everyone else? Let’s take a closer look at a few traits they have:

They always look for the positives. No matter how far off track a plan gets, resilient people always look for a positive in the situation. They ask themselves, “What can I learn from this?” and find a lesson in things that don’t go according to plan. Setbacks are a part of any plan, and resilient people know that. They take the time to mentally prepare for any setback, so they are better prepared to move forward. Adversity is a way to learn and grow as an individual.

They seek support and have a support group. We all need help now and then. Doing everything by oneself can be stressful. Resilient individuals know when they need help and ask for it right away. No one is perfect or able to do everything by themselves. When life gets stressful, leaning on those around you is also key. Just because resilient people can rely on themselves doesn’t mean they don’t have a core group of friends, family, and mentors to lean on when things get tough. Having strong relationships offers an excellent opportunity to recuperate and try again when things don’t go according to plan.  

They have a sense of self. Individuals that know to their core who they are and what they stand for can reach their goals and potential no matter the challenge. They are not easily influenced by those around them or how others may perceive them. True resilience requires you to draw your own path while diverting unwanted criticism and ridicule. 

They know when it’s time to recharge. Everyone needs time to rest and recuperate. Resilient individuals are no different. They find different ways to decompress when their path gets stressful, whether exercising, cooking, or spending time with family, they find activities that can help them re-center and come back to their goals with a fresh mindset. 

When faced with a new challenge, highly resilient people stay true to themselves while achieving their goals. Think about the things that are most important to you. Whether personally or professionally driven, incorporating these traits will lead you to successfully achieving any goal.