How Resilient Are You?

Find Out How to Bounce Back From Problems

How Resilient Are You? - Find Out How to Bounce Back From Problems

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Resilience is the ability to bounce back from problems and setbacks.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.– Japanese proverb.

Imagine that you've been working on a report for several weeks. You're pleased with what you've produced, and you can't wait to hear what your boss thinks. However, the next day she meets with you to discuss your work, and she asks you to rewrite your report.

You're disappointed, of course, but do you sit down and despair, or do you start drafting the next version?

Resilience is our ability to bounce back when things don't go as planned. It's a quality that we all possess to some degree, but some of us can draw on it more easily than others can. Resilience is important because it keeps us on track until we reach our goals, it allows us to deal with difficult situations, and it helps us to grow by encouraging us to look at the positives and to manage stress.

However, it's not about trying to carry on regardless of how we feel, and it's not about being superhuman! Instead, it's about understanding why we feel the way we do, and developing strategies to help us deal with situations more effectively.

This quiz will help you understand and assess how resilient you are, and it provides advice and guidance that you can use to become even more resilient.

How Resilient Are You?

For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Try to answer questions as you are, rather than as you think you should be, and don't worry if some questions seem to score in the "wrong direction." When you are finished, click the "Calculate My Total" button at the bottom of the test, and take a look at the advice and links that follow.

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16 Statements to Answer

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
1 When given a new task, I'm confident that I'll succeed.
2 When one attempt fails, I learn from it and change my approach next time.
3 When a task doesn't go to plan, it affects my self belief.
4 I have few people at work who I can speak to about issues in the office.
5 When I encounter a difficulty, I lose sight of my goal quickly.
6 Sometimes I question my commitment to my job.
7 I have strategies in place for dealing with stress.
8 I find it easy to ask my colleagues for help.
9 I feel positive about the future.
10 I worry about issues that I have no control over.
11 Asking for assistance reveals weakness.
12 When there is fundamental change, I struggle to come around to new ways of thinking.
13 I have strong goals that are clear in my mind.
14 I am able to discuss my job and its challenges with people outside of work, such as family members and close friends.
15 I am more likely to say "yes" than "no."
16 Failures are hard to forget and successes are hard to remember.
Total = 0

Score Interpretation

Score Comment

You have little resilience in the workplace, and this may affect your ability to do your job. However, don't let this get the better of you! It's important to identify the causes of this, so that you can take specific action. Perhaps your confidence is shaky, or you have a negative outlook. Maybe you don't have effective strategies to cope with stress, or you're trying to deal with issues that are beyond your control. Don't give up - build your resilience with our brand new toolkit, FREE when you sign up for a month's trial of the Mind Tools Club for just $1.


You're not easily defeated, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. Perhaps you need strong goals to focus your efforts, or it could help to reframe your problems as challenges. Maybe you need to address the strength of your working relationships. Have a look through your answers, and try to pinpoint where you need to focus your efforts. You may need to build your skills in just one or two areas, or make small changes in several. Our brand new Resilience toolkit is a fantastic place to learn all of the skills you need! Get it FREE when you try the Mind Tools Club for $1 for the first month, before midnight, Thursday June 29.


Well done, you're a resilient team member and you're prepared to keep trying until you succeed! You most likely have a solid network of colleagues who you can rely on for support, you deal effectively with stress, and you're flexible in your approach. You're goal oriented, you have a positive disposition and strong values, and you're willing to take on challenges and help people out. However, there's always room for improvement. Check out our brand new Resilience Toolkit to see how you can increase your resilience even further. Get it FREE when you sign up for a trial of the Mind tools Club for $1 before midnight, Thursday June 29!

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Comments (9)
  • Over a month ago Midgie wrote
    Hi palpunk,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Over a month ago palpunk wrote
    nice 1 pal
  • Over a month ago Michele wrote
    Hi DE,

    Thank you for your thoughtful response and for your feedback on the article. I agree with your 5th element - self-reliance. In absence of social support, self-reliance is a characteristic that will pull you through the most difficult of situations. I know from my experience in life and at work I have had to be self-reliant when supports either were not there or were removed, as in restructuring and merger situations. In these situations, the other three elements: confidence, adaptability and purposefulness took a stronger role. Self-reliance provided the drive and determination to achieve my goals.

    Great post!

    Mind Tools Team
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