There’s no doubt about it that remaining strong, as well as thriving after adversity, is no mean feat. It’s a journey rather than a destination, however, and like all cognitive and psychological journeys, you can smooth the way with good preparation and arm yourself with knowledge. There is also an awful lot you can do to help yourself – and knowing and pre-empting pitfalls is a fantastic way to begin! There are certain mindsets and bad habits you can watch out for to give yourself a head start. In this chapter, we explore them.


The problem with perfectionism is that perfection does not exist. For this reason, chasing it is not only a waste of energy but is going to make you feel less robust, ...

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