In the first three entries in my blog, I gave you some food for thought and tips on how you can become more resilient. It is now your turn: Today, I would like to ask you to take a few minutes to do an exercise. Using this self-coaching method, I want to show you how you can control your thoughts. Are you ready to give it a try?
Every man and every woman experiences periods of uncertainty, failures or setbacks – even resilient individuals. What counts is how we deal with these challenges. Are we frustrated or afraid? Do we freeze or blame others for our misfortune? Or can we actually recognize changes and difficult situations as a source of opportunity? Resilient people are capable of the latter. That is because crises always provide us with the chance to develop, to learn something new about ourselves and to adopt a different and better approach the next time.
What helped you in the past?
One way of redirecting your thoughts rather than just suffering when confronted with problems is to think about what helped you to find your own way out of a difficult situation in the past.
Please now take a few minutes to consider the following questions and write down your thoughts:
Think about a difficult situation that you have managed to find your own way out of in the past.
- What exactly did you do to improve the situation?
- What did you learn from this that could be applied to another difficult situation in the future?
I can do it!
Learning from the experiences of others can be helpful. However, we can learn the most from our own experiences, even if they are sometimes painful. After all, they show us that we are capable of actively helping to make things better. This approach will boost your self-confidence and you will then act completely differently the next time you find yourself in a difficult situation. You just need to think: I managed it the last time – and I can do it again! I hope this will provide you with new insights – and help you to achieve success!
© Claudia Kraaz