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I don’t know many people who experience life without setbacks. How do we deal with setbacks? The lessons we learn and the maturity we develop while working through difficulties helps us develop strategies and resources for dealing with future setbacks.
I think in our society, many people tend to respond in anger and haste, rather than to take time to listen, to assess every point of view and every alternative before taking action. The fact is we cannot sustain the results of our actions unless we make sure we have taken this process seriously.
Remember when you were little and anything could be an adventure? Did you and your friends build forts out of whatever old materials were around? How is your sense of adventure today? What are the things you are still excited about accomplishing?
If you were asked, ”What are your strengths,” what would your response be? Many of us would have an easier time listing our weaknesses.
How do you handle stress? The answer says a lot about how you do in handling life. Few if any of us can go through life without stress. In fact, it would not be a good thing if we were able to pull that off.
Each of us has dreams. It is entirely up to us whether we experience our dreams only in this way or whether we decide to make our dreams the basis for action. What are your dreams?
What do you fear? There are many ways to describe fear. Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason.
A gift is something we did not earn. It just comes to us. It is our choice to accept or ignore our gifts and to use them any way we choose. The greatest thing about our gifts are when we share them with others, everyone’s life is richer. Each of us has gifts whether we recognize them or not. Part of adopting a person centered approach to your life is to spend some intentional effort discovering your gifts.
Recently a term has re-emerged in the human services field. The term is “person centered”, and it is usually followed by a word like thinking or planning. Person centered is lifted up as the standard by which things involving people’s live should be measured. The term, as it is presently employed, is too vast for one brief article like this. I would like to try to establish a basis from which to consider person centered thinking.
There are consequences to everything. That might sound like an obvious oversimplification, but it is amazing how many people live as if this was not the case.
As we move forward, it is useful to have a way to view our progress. One concept I have found useful in periodically looking at my journey through life is the concept of seasons. A season is a period of time, often defined by particular types of weather. We think of seasons as different from the one before and the one after, but that is not always the case.
How do you feel about being told you are unique–one of a kind? We live in a time with the ability to mass produce and distribute many exact duplicates of the same thing. What really is the value of being unique?
There is a piece of folk wisdom that says we are known by the company we keep. Another aspect of that is that we tend to be influenced by the people we associate with.
It is very important through this process to constantly ask, ”Who am I listening to?” We all have a number of sources we go to for guidance, direction, information and advice. Not every one of these sources is equally valuable to us in helping achieve these goals.
What would you try if you knew you absolutely could not fail? That is an important question. Many people never try anything for fear of failure.
One of the strongest influences regarding how we function in various situations is point of view. Our relationships and experiences, past as well as present, can have a profound impact on our point of view.
When I look at people who appear to have achieved success in anything, the common element I see is their ability to be specific about the goal they are after. It is far from easy, especially in a culture like ours that offers an infinite number of choices, to focus on a specific goal, aim for that goal and develop and carry out a plan for reaching it.
As we strive to grow in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, we look for those elements that appear to be a part of every good relationship and seem to be lacking in those that are not successful. One thing good relationships tend to be established on is respect.
The way we respond to stress and anxiety can give us a lot of information about how we function in relation to other people. In these situations, where you seem to be out of control and have no solution in sight, do you feel helpless or hopeless?
In our busy world, how do you get your communication across in conversations?
Do you find it difficult making decisions? Many people get to the point of deciding to take all the valuable information they have been accumulating and find themselves frozen at the point of taking the first step in any direction.
One of the most difficult things to achieve in life is balance. In terms of overall satisfaction with life, we might be inclined to think things like money, possessions or prestige in employment put us high in the satisfaction ranking.
When we start a new project or venture into a new opportunity, we need to count the cost.
What do you do with your dreams? How do you turn your dream into an actionable reality? This episode is based on the following article: What Do You Do With Your Dreams? This podcast is written by David C. Bloom and narrated by Jonathan Bloom.
What is your mission? Finding our mission requires digging deep into who we are.
How would you go about identifying your values?
One of the most surprising things to me is the fact that we can be connected by technology to nearly everyone in the world and still be alone. When we talk with others, is anybody really listening?
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