Understanding Resilience and Mental Toughness

Connie Ragen Green
5 min readJul 23, 2019
Connie Ragen Green — Understanding Resilience and Mental Toughness

This is one of a series of posts around the topic of resilience, inner strength, and mental toughness. Making a life study of these skills is crucial to your success in life and in business. Here we will explore the concept of understanding resilience and mental toughness.

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What does it mean to be resilient and have mental toughness?

In order to strengthen resilience, it’s important to understand the concept in depth. Resilience is the ability to move forward by growing through every part of life’s process. Struggling is a natural part of living. What matters is how we react to struggle.

It’s easy to let difficulty keep us down. It isn’t easy to stay afloat when the waters are rocky, and it’s okay to feel that struggle. Resilience is associated with toughness. Part of being tough means admitting to difficulty and working through it instead of ignoring it.

Psychology Today defines resilience as “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back at least as strong as before. Rather than letting difficulties or failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”

How many times have you heard someone say “just toughen up” or something similar? While it is easy to say what does mental toughness really mean?

According to Wikipedia mental toughness is defined as:

“Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations in games) and emerge without losing confidence.”

At one time being told to toughen up was thought of as being cliché. The view on mental toughness has now changed. Who isn’t leading a more stressful life these days?

Life can really throw you a curve ball at any time and it is important to have that mental toughness to deal with any situation. How you deal with a stressful situation is directly related to your mental toughness.



Connie Ragen Green

Online marketing strategist, author, speaker, and publisher working with entrepreneurs on six continents. https://ConnieRagenGreen.com