Summary Resilience Module 8: Putting It All Together

Resilience 8: Putting It All Together

This is a summary of the module Resilience 8: Putting It All Together for your reference.

You made it through Goodpath’s Resilience program! This module is a summary of what you have learned.

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Purpose

We first explored the importance of having a sense of purpose in life. Purpose is important when it comes to resilience because it can motivate you to reach your goals, keep you aligned with your values, and provide a sense of fulfillment. This motivation enables you to continue on even when problems or challenges arise.

climb towards goal for purpose and fulfillment slide

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Purpose

You created a personal mission statement to describe your purpose.

Recall the steps to create a mission statement:

  • Step 1: Identify your core values

  • Step 2: Acknowledge your skills

  • Step 3: Discover your passions

  • Step 4: Think about your goals

  • Step 5: Start writing!

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What is your personal mission statement?

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Mindful Emotion Awareness

We then learned about mindful emotion awareness

Being mindful of your emotions in difficult situations can help you deal with stress. It can also help you recover from these situations more effectively.

mindfulness components nonjudgmental and staying present

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How has mindful emotion awareness helped you?

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Growth Mindset

We also covered the importance of having a growth mindset. This type of mindset is based on the belief that people can develop skills through hard work and practice.

When facing a challenge with a growth mindset, you view it as an opportunity to learn and grow. When challenges don’t lead to an ideal outcome, you learn from the experience and continue forward.

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How have you applied a growth mindset? _____________________________________

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Cognitive Flexibility

Thinking in new or different ways is what cognitive flexibility (or flexible thinking) is all about. Remember:

  • It is necessary to have an awareness of your emotions in order to use cognitive flexibility. Your thoughts influence your emotional experience and your emotional experience influence your thoughts.

  • Negative automatic thoughts occur quickly and automatically. You can get “stuck” in negative emotions by focusing on that one thought.

  • A pattern of negative automatic thoughts is called a thinking trap.

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To help get “unstuck” from these common traps, explore other interpretations of a situation.

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Believe in Your Ability

We went on to cover a concept called self-efficacy i.e. believing you can take on challenges and accomplish goals. You learned about ways to improve your self-efficacy. You can:

  • Build off your previous success

  • Focus on your strengths

  • Ask for support

  • Look to other people's success for inspiration

  • Balance your feelings

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Which methods to improve self-efficacy have you used over the past few weeks?

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Self-Care Planning

Self-care planning is another important part of building resilience. Self-care is not limited to physical health. Instead, it covers all dimensions. 

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Self-Care Planning

To support resilience, it is important to have balance among the different dimensions of your health. 

  • Physical 

  • Emotional 

  • Intellectual  

  • Spiritual 

  • Occupational 

  • Environmental 

  • Financial 

  • Community

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Self-Care Planning

Think back to the Wellness Wheel. Now would be a good time to reassess and fill out another wheel. Do you see any changes?

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You created a Self-Care Plan based on all dimensions of your health. What activities have you used or plan to use in the near future?

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Problem-Solving

In this program, we also worked on problem-solving. When you have good problem-solving skills, you're able to take on challenges with greater ease and less stress and develop resilience.

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Problem-Solving

Let's review the steps in problem-solving:

  1. Define the problem

  2. Write out your goals using the SMART goals framework

  3. Brainstorm solutions

  4. Decide on one solution (use the pros and cons)

  5. Try out the solution

  6. Reflect and revise, if necessary

Remember: before addressing the problem, your attitude matters!

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Optimism

We want to take a moment here to remind you about optimism. A positive outlook helps you with the skills you learned in this program.

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Optimism

Optimism means you have positive expectations for the future. People with more optimistic mindsets tend to have better physical and mental health. 

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How Does Optimism Relate To Resiliency Skills?

  • Having a sense of purpose in life creates positive emotions. These positive emotions can lead to a hopeful vision of the future.

  • When you are mindfully aware of your emotions, you are able to recognize and challenge your thinking traps. For example, you can shift your thoughts from hopelessness to positive expectations.

  • When facing a challenge with a growth mindset, you view it in a more optimistic way - i.e. as an opportunity to learn and grow.

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Reflect on each of the skills you’ve learned. How else does resilience relate to optimism?

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You've reached the end of the Resilience program!

We hope you continue to practice and develop what you have learned here. Summaries of the learning modules are available in your library for reference.