A Message from Mrs Cohen

14 July 2017

Welcome back to Term 3. As with all terms here at Glennie, Term 3 promises to be very busy. This is particularly true for the Year 12s as they prepare for their QCS tests which will take place at the end of August.

It is important that students maintain a balance in their busy lives and do not overload themselves with extra-curricular activities, part-time work or socialising. At the same time in this fast-paced, demanding world they need to develop resilience in order to cope with ever increasing pressures; below are snippets from an article by Harvey Deutschendor (https://www.fastcompany.com/3041723/7-habits-of-highly-resilient-people) on attributes that consistently stand out amongst those who display resilience in times of challenge. I encourage you to share these with your daughters and support them to develop these effective skills early in their lives.

Success is seldom a straight road; it almost always involves many detours and dead ends. It takes tenacity and determination to keep going, but those that do will eventually reach their destination.

Most of us have heard before that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times but continued on despite being ridiculed by the media and those around him. And plenty more people refuse to quit long after most would have given up. What is it about these people that makes them different?

  1. HAVE A HIGHLY DEVELOPED SENSE OF SELF
    People who are able to develop a strong sense of who they are and what matters to them are much better able to resist external influences that will keep many people from reaching their potential. They are able to draw strength from within and are therefore less likely to be influenced by what others think of them.
  2. LOOK FOR A POSITIVE TAKE AWAY FROM EVERY SITUATION
    When things don’t go according to plan, resilient people look for the learning in the situation and the lesson they can take away. They don’t view failure as final, rather a necessary learning step that will take them further along the path.
  3. TAKE A LONG-TERM VIEW
    Resilient people are prepared for the long haul, fully realising that anything worth achieving will be difficult and will take a great deal of time, effort and persistence. Despite not seeing any immediate results of their efforts, they are keenly aware that what their lives will look like in the future will be.
  4. HAVE HIGHLY DEVELOPED SENSE OF PURPOSE
    Whether it is a belief in a higher power, a strong sense of purpose, or a great sense of humour, resilient people have sources of strength they can rely on to get them through difficult situations. This decreases their sense to belong and rely upon others for motivation.
  5. DON’T GET FRIGHTENED BY UNCOMFORTABLE THOUGHTS OR NOT HAVING THE ANSWERS
    Most people believe that not knowing how to do something and not being able to, are one and the same thing. Highly resilient people don’t let not knowing how to do something stop them. They believe that they will find a way.
  6. ARE SELECTIVE IN WHOM THEY LOOK TO FOR GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION
    Highly resilient people don’t suffer fools. It’s not that they never look to others for guidance and direction, it’s that they are very selective in who they chose to follow.
  7. FIND HEALTHY WAYS TO RECHARGE AND NURTURE THEMSELVES
    Resilient people are no less susceptible to pressures and life’s stressors than anyone else, but they have developed healthy coping mechanisms they know can be counted on. Whether it is meditation, exercise or an all-encompassing hobby, they have proven methods that allow them to recharge their energy and get back into pursuing their passion.

 

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