Defined as "The ability to respond quickly to an adverse situation." When something goes wrong, do you? Or, when you face an adverse situation do you figure out a way to not allow that situation to become even worse. If you make a mistake, do you allow it to turn into a second or third mistake or do you stop, take a deep breath and figure out how to turn the mistake to your advantage? The speed at which you control emotions and stop a negative thought, behavior or feeling from becoming worse, the more mentally tough you are. Life is full of bad experiences and tough situations. Failure occurs more often than success. We lose more often than win. We tend to fall short of expectations more often than exceed them. Allowing these negative events to rule our life is what keeps us from reaching our potential. The ability to cope with our emotions and find a path out of our current dilemma is the difference between being mentally tough and being a victim. Resilience requires mental toughness and resilience, like mental toughness, is a skill that must be learned and practiced.