At the conclusion of a speaking engagement I usually make my way to a spot near the door and welcome the opportunity to exchange ideas with people as they leave. A woman recently stopped to say how much she enjoyed my speech and asked if I would send her a copy. When I asked her “Why?” she said she wanted to share with her daughter the things I had said about being able to bounce-back from adversity.

That started me thinking… If she wanted her daughter to know what she had heard me say, maybe others would like to know too. So… here it is! I hope it blesses you and anyone else with whom you feel led to share it.

Five Great Traits of Bounce-Back People

1. Bounce-back people roll with punches. They recognize that life is filled with changes… good, bad and ugly. They face life’s challenges with confidence and believe in their ability to be flexible, creative and resilient.

2. Bounce-back people are goal-oriented and do not give up over setbacks along the way. They learn from their mistakes, don’t repeat them and press on smarter than they were before – better from the experience, not bitter!

3. Bounce-back people know you can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you will never be able to please all of the people all of the time. They do their best to get along with others but don’t get upset when someone disagrees with them.

4. Bounce-back people don’t expect life to be “fair”. When life throws them a curve-ball, they don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves or waste energy being angry over problems, people or situations beyond their control. They don’t get stuck dwelling on negative outcomes or looking for someone else to blame. Their favorite word is, “Next!”

5. Bounce-back people count their blessings! Even when things are not going as they had hoped or planned, they know how to be thankful for all they do have and don’t grumble or complain about what they don’t have!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!
Psalm 118:1

Bounce-back people don’t mistake lemons for hand grenades. They don’t ignore their problems but they also don’t let their imagination run wild and worry themselves into a lather! Instead they practice self-control, pray and anticipate the best.

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