Sunday, March 3, 2013 ~ Principle of “What Comes Before How”
What’s the problem? (Why is that a problem? Repeated)
Brainstorm 25 Creative Approaches (List Possible Response Options)
Edit (delete options not under consideration)
Cherry-picking (select option with greatest appeal)
Identify a realistic and achievable step willing to take within next seven days
Excerpt from Interview ~ Question: What do you see as the key qualities of resilient individuals, what blocks that resilience?
Johnstone: “A key area that can either build or block resilience is this: our story of what resilience is based on. For example, a common view is that resilience is something some people have and others don’t. If you don’t see yourself as a resilient person, this story will increase your risk of depression during difficult times. When I run resilience training courses, I draw out a different story by asking people to remember a time of difficulty they faced in the past that they found a way through. Then I invite them to think back at what helped them do this by looking at four key areas:
- Strategies they used, e.g. asking for help, using problem-solving approaches, meditation techniques, attention to diet and exercise etc.
- Strengths they drew upon within themselves e.g. courage, determination, sense of humour, flexibility, ability to communicate etc.
- Resources they turned to for nourishment, inspiration, guidance or support e.g. friends, mentors, self-help books, places they felt safe and calm, support groups etc.
- Insights in terms of any ideas, perspectives or sayings they found useful.
The letters SSRI are commonly used to refer to a group of antidepressants that includes Prozac, but here I’m using them to map out four key areas that support resilience. I think of these as our ‘self-help SSRI’s’, and they have powerful anti-depressant properties by strengthening our ability to address the issues we find depressing. When we can take part in the sequence of turning difficult situations around, this helps build our sense of resilience and also improves our mood. Much of my work and writing is about how we develop these self-help SSRI’s, and the good news is that they are all linked to learnable skills.”