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How Taking Responsibility for Our Lives and Careers Leads to Resilience

How Taking Responsibility for Our Lives and Careers Leads to Resilience

When I taught a class this month at our local university on the topic of Career Renewal and Resilience I had participants look at lists of fears and blocks that get in the way of their career success. I noticed some of the participants reacted to the topic of taking more responsibility in our lives and career. So this topic has been on my mind over the past week.

If you feel in charge of your life and work, possibilities can open up for you. When you take the time and effort to create your life, you become empowered and are not just a passive recipient of circumstances.  

What goals could you set if you dove into the following topics?

a) Ensuring you are doing some activities that make you happy?

b) Noting what you could be grateful for and demonstrating a great attitude?

c) Ensuring your thoughts are as positive as possible?

d) Noticing what is going well and letting that carry you forward?

e) Realizing what you are good at and interested in?

f) Acting on your goals?

g) Understanding other people’s perspectives?

h) Noticing others humanity and forgiving offenses?

i) Being involved in meaningful and important activities?

I don’t know about you but sometimes I don’t have a way to bring myself into a more positive state. I notice that people who are growing and on a spiritual path can offer me suggestions on different ways of looking at things from a broader perspective. This helps me learn to use my whole self in getting better outcomes.

The internet and reading material can also help us to gain new methods of dealing with things that are limiting us. We can google any topic and learn more about it. Our local public library has numerous books, videos and online resources that can help me be more resilient. A couple of books I have enjoyed lately are No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith and Flourish by Martin Seligman.

Often what might be getting in our way are ingrained patterns of thinking and behaving. Diving into a topic and investing some effort to learn and potentially become an expert on a topic can help you remove blocks and move you into your full potential.  

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