Inspire Your Team with These 20 Powerful Quotes on Resilience

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Jul, 31, 2023

Quotes ResillancesmallLife can throw us curveballs when we least expect it, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and knocked down.

But we all have an incredible capacity for resilience. Resilience is like a muscle that can be strengthened and nurtured, empowering us to bounce back from setbacks and face challenges head-on. 

Resilience is not just a trait that some people are born with; it is a skill that can be developed and cultivated. It is the ability to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity. 

In this blog post, we've rounded up 20 powerful quotes on resilience to ignite a fire in your team. These quotes serve as a powerful reminder that resilience resides within each and every one of us, just waiting to be unleashed. 

Ignite the Spark of Resilience in Your Workforce

These quotes aren't just perfect for employee newsletters, quick emails to the team, or Slack messages, but they're also perfect for injecting some positivity and motivation into the office. Just picture yourself strolling through the hallways and catching sight of these inspiring phrases, reminding you and your colleagues of the incredible power of resilience.

So why wait? Let's dive into this collection of inspirational quotes that will fuel the fire of resilience in your team.

1. "The only thing you have control over is your attitude." - Viktor Frankl

Just like the office coffee machine, we can't control everything. But we can adjust our attitudes to brew the best outcomes.

2. "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts 

If we open our minds and arms wide to embrace new experiences, we're not only likely to enjoy the perks of these changes, but we also get to grow and evolve along with them. 

3. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

The other half might involve more coffee and fewer meetings, but let's focus on the belief part, shall we?

4. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb

Think of every challenge as a polishing cloth. Shine on, people, shine on.

5. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller

This is your reminder that overcoming is as ubiquitous as suffering – and much more satisfying.

6. "Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before." - Elizabeth Edwards

Resilience is not about denying or avoiding the challenges we face. It's about accepting our circumstances and finding the strength to adapt and grow, even when things seem less than ideal.

7. "The human capacity for burden is like bamboo - far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance." - Jodi Picoult

When faced with adversity, it's easy to underestimate our own resilience. But just like bamboo, we are capable of bending without breaking. Remember, you are stronger than you think!

8. "Resilience is not a commodity you are born with, waiting silently on tap. It is self-manufactured painstakingly over time by working through your problems." - Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Resilience is a DIY project, and you're all capable craftspeople. No Allen wrench required.

9. "Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Remember, even a failed PowerPoint presentation isn't the end of the world.

10. "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

We may not have control over the difficulties that come our way, but we do have control over how we handle them. We can choose to adapt and persevere to reach our goals, no matter the challenges.

11. "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

Life may throw us some crazy curveballs, but guess what? We always have a choice in how we react. Resilience is all about refusing to let our circumstances define who we are. 

12. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

This one goes out to all the heroes who've survived a full inbox on a Monday.

13. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher

In other words, don’t worry if you don't get everything right the first time. Or the second. Or the third.

14. "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists." - Japanese Proverb

Flexibility isn’t just great for yoga – it’s a key resilience trait, too.

15. "Fall seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb

Or in office terms: If Monday knocks you down, Tuesday is a new day to rise again.

16. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela

Resilience is not about avoiding failure or never experiencing setbacks. It's about rising stronger and wiser each time we stumble. Embrace your falls as opportunities to come back even stronger.

17. "Resilience isn't a single skill. It's a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive."- Jean Chatzky

Look on the bright side: even the photocopier jamming can be a lesson in patience.

18. "We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." - Barbara De Angelis

Consider every challenging work day your courage-building session.

19. "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

Sometimes, it's just a matter of perspective. Or a good pair of glasses.

20. "Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going." - Yasmin Mogahed

When we fall, it's natural to feel disheartened and discouraged. But true resilience lies in our ability to rise again, to dust ourselves off, and to keep moving forward. 

Harnessing the Power of Words

So there you have it, 20 gems of wisdom to inspire resilience in your workforce. These quotes are not just mere words on a page, but powerful tools that can transform the way your team approaches challenges and setbacks. Feel free to print them out and display them proudly on your office walls, reminding everyone of the incredible power of resilience.

But don't just limit these quotes to the walls of your office. Take them with you to your team meetings and share them with your colleagues. Use them as conversation starters, igniting discussions about resilience and how it can be applied in the workplace. Let these quotes serve as a constant reminder of the importance of staying resilient in the face of challenges.

Here's to creating a work environment that fosters resilience and empowers your team to keep pushing forward, one quote at a time.

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