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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsSPEAKER 1: Hello, and welcome back to week two of course on professional resilience. As I said at the end of our last week, this week focuses on practise. And the end goal we have in mind for you is that you're able to produce your own resilience plan at the end of the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsWe all bring our own experience to becoming more resilient. And as we explore the elements that might make up your resilience toolkit, you'll find that you're more familiar with some ideas than others. And when it comes to drawing up that resilience plan, we're going to ask you to look at three things-- your strengths in each of the areas, and then identify some short term goals and some long term goals. As you work through the rest of the week, keep this in mind. Particularly begin thinking about those short term goals. Because it's easy to get excited in a two week course and then to walk away with great intentions, but to then let life get in the way.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsSo be on the lookout for some things you can plan to actually do in the next month. In the next few steps, for example, we're going to be dealing with the way our approaches to problem solving and communication impact on our ability to remain resilient. If this is an area where you think you might like to focus, you could, for example, decide that what you'll do is really work on your listening skills over the next months. But it helps to make that plan really concrete. So perhaps you might decide to write a short reflection each evening about your listening experiences during the day and what you learned. Then in the next few steps, we begin to look at mindfulness.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondSo you might decide I'll do a five to 10 minute mindfulness meditation before I go to work each day. And then you can connect that to your listening by, at the end of the meditation, recalling and confirming your intention to really listen to your colleagues during the day. In this way, we can begin to knit together different strategies that support each other and work with each other to build resilience in our lives. Enjoy the week.

Welcome back

This week we’ll focus on practical ways you can plan for and build resilience in your life.

In the first week of this course we started to explore ways we can build resilience in our life, particularly our professional life.

This week we’ll explore three key areas:

  • Capabilities and skills (such as problem solving and communication) that lay the ground work for a resilient life
  • Self-care practices like meditation and sleeping well, which support us, particularly in times of stress
  • Our values and engagement with others, which enable us to develop a sense of purpose and drive our actions

We’ll also look at practical things you can do in your personal and professional life to make you more resilient and begin to develop your own resilience plan.

Something to keep in mind

As we noted last week, resilience is a process, not just an outcome. I hope you begin to feel a little more resilient by the end of the course, but we know this is just a beginning of a much longer journey.

By making an explicit plan for your life you’re putting resilience high on your agenda. You’re making a commitment to slowly build the skills, capabilities and self-care practices that will help you learn to be more resilient.

In the next few steps we’ll focus on problem solving and communication as two of the key skills that underpin a flexible approach to life, and the barriers that get in the way of achieving our goals.

In each step, you’ll be introduced to some key ideas and approaches, including tasks where you can share your thoughts with other learners. There will also be further resources at the end of each step that allow you to explore key ideas in more detail.

Your task

In the comments, note at least one thing that you’d particularly like to focus on this week in your journey towards building resilience.

How easy or hard do you think this will be for you, and what support will you require to achieve this aim?

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