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The Resilience Blog
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Reaching your goals with Grit

Lead with Your Strengths during the Work Search

Lead with Your Strengths during the Work Search

This blog outlines a method of putting your best foot forward using the analogy of a boat. If you are the boat and your positive self is represented by the front of the boat or bow. If your bow is made up by stacking your skills, strengths, and accomplishments one on top the other, you would be leading with your strengths. Leading with your bow ensures that you would be going in the right direction, in an upright and proud manner.

Branding is the message you want to convey about yourself when marketing and should include the positives above. Your branding could also include ways that you add value and details about the strategic advantages you bring to the workplace.

So add up these positives about yourself and lead with them. Leading with your strengths will get you where you want to go and your ability to network, interview, positively impact others and gain work will increase exponentially.

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Are You Trending Positive?

Are You Trending Positive?

Having a positive sense of self-increases your ability to step into the responsibility required to ensure healthy relationships and the continual action your career requires.  Positive thinking enables you to:

  • Take responsibility for your feelings, actions, and outcomes
  • Increase your desire to interact with others knowing that positive things can occur

So how do you ensure you are trending positive? You need to ensure you are thinking positive things about yourself.  You could:

  • Think about your strengths
  • Dwell on your accomplishments
  • Be compassionate with yourself during your difficult moments

When you are able to think positively about yourself your energy levels also go up. Who doesn’t need a boost of energy in the busyness, activity, and relationships in our lives?  

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What Keeps You Motivated to Keep Going?

What Keeps You Motivated to Keep Going?

What keeps you going in the difficult and wonderful process of working and living?

You only can expand your life if you're moving. John C. Maxwell

  • Your goals
  • Your mission, purpose or vision
  • Living your values
  • Family, friends or peers who care enough about you to put pressure on you
  • Family and friends who cheer you on
  • Great habits that uplift and carry you through the difficulties
  • A coach or mentor
  • Your manager or leader
  • Motivating quotes
  • Owning and knowing your strengths and talents matter to the world
  • Acknowledging and celebrating your progress
  • Acting
  • The next step 
  • The ideas you generate
  • Creative recklessness i.e. not caring too much
  • Making yourself go for it
  • Failing forward
  • Digging in deeper
  • Leaning in more
  • Others....What keeps you going?

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

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Rituals for Resilience

Rituals for Resilience

Rituals are actions that people carry out to enhance their day. Which ones spark your interest?

Morning Rituals

  • Meditate to center yourself
  • List 3 things you are grateful for to lift your spirits
  • Walk for 10 minutes to get more energy for your day
  • Stretch to get your muscles lengthened and moving 
  • Recite a mantra or affirmation to raise your energy

Daytime Rituals

  • Share with others who are there for you
  • Journal if you feel stuck or need to get in touch with yourself
  • Place your hand on your heart to engage your heart in the situations you find yourself in
  • Imagine a place in nature that you love or a person that makes you happy
  • Eat something you enjoy mindfully

Evening Rituals

  • Review 3 things that went well and think about why they went well
  • Think about a situation that went poorly then imagine this event with a better result
  • Wind down before bedtime by slowing down or being quiet
  • Get your outfit or food ready for the next day to ease morning stress
  • Have a bath to soothe yourself and relax

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Bounce Back Through Allowing

Bounce Back Through Allowing

The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka

I currently work part-time, which is a big shift in my work schedule and worldview. In our household work has been a focus for us for a long time. So moving into a time of allowing rather than pushing has been and continues to be my focus. 

Allowing helps you to recharge, go with the flow, see what doors are opening to you, and what lines up with your motivation. Do you need a period of allowing in your work or life?

If you need this type of break allow yourself to do one of the following today:

  • Focus on one task for 30 minutes or more
  • Take breaks every 90 minutes
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Center yourself through meditation, yoga, tai chi or centering prayer
  • Go with what life is offering you
  • Journal your thoughts
  • Share with others who are there for you
  • Touch your heart center and expand your holistic connection
  • Notice the beauty around you
  • Fully taste, smell, touch, see and feel ensuring you are in the present moment
  • Exercise some self-care and renew yourself, or 
  • Be compassionate with yourself, look at yourself through the eyes of a gentle person

Expect it, believe it, trust yourself and the process, and allow it to come to you. Mike Basevic

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What This Blog is About

What This Blog is About

Welcome to The Resilience Blog.

The topics in this blog help you be more resilient in your career and as a leader. I write about ways to gain momentum and positively move through blocks that get in the way of your goals. I post articles on the blog about once a week. 

When I did my research study for my Ph.D., I got to conduct interviews with a number of successful and admired leaders. What fascinated me about them was how resilient they were. They had grown into leaders who could make things happen by demonstrating their resilience, confidence, and adaptive behaviours. I will teach you how to use and apply these resilient behaviours in your leadership and career leading to new levels of success. 

I am completing a book on Career Grit, which will include content and themes that will appear in the blog. If you have a story about overcoming challenges and becoming increasingly resilient in the process, I would love hearing about it. 

I am passionate about these career related topics:

  • methods to positively connect with others,
  • ways to lean into feedback,
  • reframing negative experiences,
  • making progress on your goals,
  • methods to enhance your positive impact, and
  • meeting challenges.

In the leadership area I enjoy focusing on: 

  • creating a safe environment, 
  • being more positive in your self-management and with your team,
  • raising your self-awareness,
  • bringing safety along with you wherever you go,
  • being able to have tough conversations when needed,
  • building trust, and 
  • ensuring your team performs. 

I hope you sign up for the blog soon and that you and your team apply these resilient behaviours thereby increasing your success.

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How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

Many people think they need a job to make progress in their career. You don't need a job to make progress. Over time doing things that create forward momentum may create the work you need. So don't wait to start doing these career advancing moves. 

  1. Promote your progress. Let those with the authority to spend money and make decisions know the advances you are making in your learning, networks, and knowledge of their industry.
  2. Do your homework. Research the leading organizations and individuals in your field. Learn what they are doing to stay ahead.
  3. Have your finger on the pulse. Know what the emerging issues and trends are within your industry.
  4. Put your hand up. Volunteer within your industry association or on the board of an organization with a cause you are passionate about. Volunteering is a way you can expand your network and build your skills.
  5. Broaden your network in your field. You can attend industry events with a goal of meeting 3 new people at each event. You can let your current network know that you want to expand your network. Ask yourself are there people you should get in front of? 
  6. Find a mentor (or two). Spend time with people in your field who are further along the career path or considered experts in your industry.
  7. Polish your online profiles. Keep the information current on these public profiles, so that your contacts can be up to date on your progress.
  8. Push your passion forward. Advance your knowledge and abilities in areas of your career where you are truly motivated. This will be fun and rewarding as the learning and knowledge add to your skill sets.
  9. Take a risk. Put more skin in the game by putting yourself out more. You could organize an event, write an article, or offer to do a talk. Your efforts and learning can open doors, allowing you to meet new people, develop new opportunities, and give you new information and energy.
  10. Chart a career path for your career progress. What skills do you need as you round out your experience and move forward on your career path?

You can learn the skills you will require through;

  • taking a course,
  • researching and learning on your own,
  • writing an article and posting it,
  • volunteering, or
  • finding an expert or mentor.

These actions will advance your process, add to your knowledge base and network. Even if you don't have work, setting goals and carrying out some of these actions will move you closer to getting work that you would enjoy and shine at.

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What it Takes to Coach for Pride

What it Takes to Coach for Pride

I saw an article in the Globe and Mail on the weekend that outlined how Bob Johnson, the hockey coach, emphasized pride in his coaching. This is a motivating way to coach people and is also important for leaders in organizations. The article stated that this way of coaching was a switch from the aggressive style of coaching using fear and humiliation with hockey players that was common in the early years of hockey.

I bet you are thinking to yourself that coaching for pride would motivate and engage you a lot better than coaching based on fear and humiliation. This is also what they found with hockey players. 

Why would this method of coaching be discussed in a resilience blog? To make coaching for pride happen, the leader or coach needs to ensure they have a positive relationship with themselves. If the leader cannot see what is right for themselves, they won’t be able to see what is right and what they can be proud of in others.

Be aware, though, that some leaders present themselves in an arrogant way, they seem to act as if they are the only ones who have positive qualities. This is actually an insecure way of leading which is not based on a positive sense of self. These leaders need to get feedback from others to verify what they are truly good at. They also need to confirm with others what their skills are and support themselves in those skills.

To gain skills in this method of coaching you may need to:

  1. Start by asking yourself what you did well today. Notice where you feel good about the things you have accomplished. This can range from simple accomplishments such as writing a great email or having a productive conversation to completing a complex project in an effective way. The important thing to acknowledge is that you contributed and made this result happen.
  2. After a period of time focusing on the first point, start to shift your attention to notice what others are doing well. Notice how your team members contribute weekly and with time and increased awareness, you will want to start to notice others' abilities. 
  3. Changing deep beliefs that keep you stuck and focused on what is going wrong, rather than what is going well may require you spending time meditating or working with a coach.

When you are able to have pride in your own accomplishments, you can encourage others to have pride in theirs. 

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