Resiliency Quiz

By: Fatima Saleh


Resilience is the process of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences. Resilient people overcome adversity from setbacks, and can thrive under extreme, on-going pressure without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. The most resilient people recover from traumatic experiences stronger, better, and wiser. In other words, it is the 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 is about understands why we feel the way we do, and developing strategies to help us deal with situations more effectively.


Resilience is the process of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences. Resilient people overcome adversity from setbacks, and can thrive under extreme, on-going pressure without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. The most resilient people recover from traumatic experiences stronger, better, and wiser. In other words, it is the 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 is about understands why we feel the way we do, and developing strategies to help us deal with situations more effectively.



So just how resilient are you? Take the quiz. Rate yourself from 1 to 5 (1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree) on the following questions and calculate your total.


1. When given a new task, I'm confident that I'll succeed.

1 2 3 4 5

2. When one attempt fails, I learn from it and change my approach next time.

1 2 3 4 5

3. When a task doesn't go to plan, it affects my self belief.

1 2 3 4 5

4. I have a few people at work that I can speak to about issues in the office.

1 2 3 4 5

5. When I encounter a difficulty, I loose sight of my goal quickly.

1 2 3 4 5

6, Sometimes I question my commitment to my job.

1 2 3 4 5

7. I have strategies in place for dealing with stress.

1 2 3 4 5

8. I find it easy to ask my colleagues for help.

1 2 3 4 5

9. I feel positive about the future.

1 2 3 4 5

10. I worry about issues that I have no control over.

1 2 3 4 5

11. Asking for assistance reveals weakness.

1 2 3 4 5

12. When there is fundamental change, I struggle to come around to new ways of thinking.

1 2 3 4 5

13. I have strong goals that are clear in my mind.

1 2 3 4 5

14. I am able to discuss my job and its challenges.

1 2 3 4 5

15. I am more likely to say “yes” than “no.”

1 2 3 4 5

16. Failures are hard to forget and successes are hard

to remember.

1 2 3 4 5


So How Did You Score?

16-37

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 - there are lots of tools that you can use to unlock resilience and become a positive, productive team member.

38-59

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.

60-80

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 tools and strategies below to see how you can become even more resilient.

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