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Train Them in Self-Resilience

In the direct words of Dr Trilok Kumar Jain, who is currently the director for ecosystem for innovations and entrepreneurship at Suresh Gyan Vihar University.
Resilience for youth We all need to learn and practice resilience. We all need some training in resilience. There are some among us, who are finding it difficult to adapt to failures in life. Success and failures are two parts of life, which everyone of us face at some point of time. However, there are cases where we find the adults or youth getting frustrated after failures.
Due to rising number of nuclear families and reduced interaction in family, there is lesser opportunity to vent out frustration and discuss about failures. Thus, there is a growing impact of failures on us today. Thus training in resilience is required today more than anything else. There is a growing number of suicides among youth, which gives us a hint that the youth and particularly the adults need training in individual resilience. Individual resilience refers to ability of a person to recover and rejuvenate oneself from challenges of life.
Life is a natural process of hurdles and achievements. Everyone encounters plenty of occasions, when a person finds it difficult to stand up and rise. There are occasions in life, when a person feels frustrated. There are occasions when failures dominate us. It is at such occasions that one has to recover and re-build one’s courage and appetite for success.

Components of Resilience:

Resilience is the ability of a person to believe in one’s ability to influence one’s future. It is the ability of a person to prepare and improve one’s response to the environment. It is the ability of a person to understand one’s own strengths and weaknesses and the ability to build strengths and remove weaknesses. Resilience consists of the following : -

  1. overall feeling of well-being
  2. overall feeling of self-confidence
  3. overall feeling of recovery from difficulties or failures
  4. overall self confidence
  5. feeling of acceptance by others
  6. feeling that one is a master of one’s fate

Factors Responsible for Resilience:

The ability to handle failures is different in different persons. Some persons have higher tolerance for failures and ambiguities. They are able to withstand failures and critically review the reasons for their failues. They are able to overcome their failures through analysis of the reasons causing their failures. However, some fail to recover in difficult times. Such persons are not able to get rid of their frustration. There are many factors that contribute to resilience:

1. Ability of a person to mingle with people and interact with a variety of persons
2. Ability of a person to engage in variety of creative pursuits with passion and zeal
3. Ability of a person to enjoy nature, surroundings and get cut off from the memories of failures
4. Ability of a person to critically review the reasons for failure and prepare for overcoming the weaknesses

Impact of Lack of Resilience:

Resilience leads to recovery and a fight back. Resilience leads to renewed efforts. However, if there is no resilience, there would be a tendency to commit suicide. Such cases are increasing among the youth. Such cases are responsible for increasing number of instances of suicides among youth. Therefore there is a need to train youth in the art of resilience.

Everyone can and should learn reliance. Every educational institution should train youth in resilience. Resilience can be learnt and further developed. There should be a few small exercises to be done by everyone in order to learn and practice resilience. Everyone should sit silently and speak to oneself as below: -

“I am improving, and I will be able to perform better in the future. I will be able to have better health, better public relations and would be able to contribute more to the overall benefit of the society”. 
Such statements would generate a positive thought process in the mind of the person, which would ultimately transform that person. Such exercises would help in the transformation of the person. Such steps should be undertaken on regular basis.

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Dr. Trilok Kumar Jain
Dr. Trilok Kumar Jain is a contributing writer at Inspiration Unlimited eMagazin

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