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Why JK Rowling’s resilience is the secret of her success

29th March 2016

5 Top Tips to help you become more resilient

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and take on new challenges.

When the going gets tough, some people manage to carry on, whereas others are almost overwhelmed.

Take the Harry Potter writer J K Rowling, for example. She posted two rejection letters she received from publishers for her first novel writing as ‘Robert Galbraith’ on Twitter, saying she was doing so to encourage other aspiring writers to continue their passion regardless of criticism or rejection.

The Harry Potter author said she was posting them “for inspiration, not revenge”.

“I wasn’t going to give up until every single publisher turned me down, but I often feared that would happen,” she added.

Author Joanne Harris then joined the Twitter discussion, joking that she got so many rejections for her 1999 novel Chocolat that she had “made a sculpture” out of them.

Whether you’re a budding author, or an employee who wants to move up the ranks in a company, resilience has become essential in today’s workplace, where everyone feels increasingly pressured to deal with constant change – while getting more work done of higher quality, in new ways, with fewer people, in less time, with less budget.

These 5 Top Tips will help you become more resilient:-

  1. Building and Maintaining Relationships

Create a “support team.”

Studies have shown that resilient people tend to have strong social networks – family, friends and colleagues are a great source of emotional support when crises occur.

The first step of becoming more resilient is to surround yourself with people who will listen and be supportive without offering judgement. These people help you to emotionally cope with difficult situations.

  1. Be Proactive

The holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, noticed that people in the camps who believed they had some measure of control over their circumstances were far more likely to survive than people who were passive victims of circumstance.

Resilient people take responsibility and choose to take positive actions to change things. They choose to work on things rather than sitting back and let things work on them.

  1. Have Goals

Having a sense of where you are going is important. Everyone needs a sense of direction in their life. Set some goals, and most importantly, if you really do believe in them, take the actions to accomplish them.

By achieving something that you set out to do, however small it may be, you will fuel your inner motivation, your self-esteem and your mental toughness to keep going.

Glitches and setbacks are inevitable, but resilient people keep the destination in mind.

  1. Keep Things in Perspective

Accept that stressful situations occur but they aren’t insurmountable.

We can easily get caught up in the here-and-now emotions and we ‘can’t see the wood for the trees.’

Once we learn to step back and take in the bigger picture from a bird’s eye point of view, many of our immediate problems can seem to become far less important. What’s the worst that can really happen?

What were your biggest problems 1 year ago? 3 years ago? 5 years ago? Do you even remember?

Did the very worst thing you expected actually happen? What does this tell you?

  1. Keep Learning

Resilient people are determined to learn useful lessons from setbacks and problems.

Learn from your past – you have overcome many obstacles in your life up to this point.  How did you do it? What strengths did you rely on? Use lessons from past difficulties to help you to get through your current situation.

Looking back, we often realise that we learned the most from what (back then) seemed to be the most difficult or most impossible of circumstances.

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