Increase Your Resilience through Tapping into Resources

Increase Your Resilience through Tapping into Resources

There are two types of resources, internal and external, that can support your ability to be resilient. 

1. Which of the following do you currently utilize to support your resilience? 

2. Are there some new resources you want to tap into when you read the lists? 

Internal resources include:

  • Skills can be developed by learning with your body, mind, heart and soul. Examples of internal skills are using, strengthening or stretching your body. From swimming and running to carpentry or knitting, these are a few of the skills that utilize your body. Interacting, communicating and getting along with people are skills utilizing your heart, etc. If you want to become aware of your skills make a list of what you have learned over your life and the skills that you currently use in your day-to-day life and work. The actions we take and focus on are the result of the skills we have developed over time. How extensive and varied are your skills? 
  • Many of the following practices are soul practices in that they bring peace or lightness to your whole being. Examples of soul practices include contemplative prayer, centering, yoga, tai chi, chi gong, meditation, journaling, reflective writing, self-awareness exercises, relaxation, aligning with nature, and using your imagination to make positive progress.
  • Everyone is creative and anything you do can be done creatively. How do you exercise your creativity? Some examples of activities that demonstrate creativity are writing, dancing, painting, drawing, sketching, sculpture, ceramics, music, cooking, and many others (limited only by our imaginations). 
  • Knowledge is the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject using your mind. What areas of work and life do you demonstrate wisdom in and have knowledge to offer others? What areas of work and life do people repeatedly ask you about? 

External resources include: 

  • Classes, seminars, talks, podcasts, or conferences, 
  • Friends,
  • Family,
  • Colleagues,
  • Professional services,
  • Books,
  • Technology,
  • Money,
  • Public institutions and facilities such as educational, or health facilities, 
  • Libraries and art galleries
  • Community centers,
  • Science centers,
  • The internet or social media sites, and
  • Non-profit agencies, special interest collectives, and non-governmental agencies.
How could you utilize these resources to support your resilience? Are there areas in work and life where you are stuck? Would increasing your internal or external resources enable a breakthrough?
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