Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWhen things are difficult and I need some support I turn to my friends, I turn to my family, we're all very close and I also try to find time out for myself and that would be by going for a walk somewhere beautiful, or a run somewhere I can clear my head and just be surrounded by natural beauty and that normally resets me. What is inspiring me every day is this great affection I have for Albania and you know seeing Albania doing better and that's one of the reasons I brought my kids from the States to grow here because I think I would like them to know the country and appreciate it, as I do.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsSo what keeps me going at work is the amazing team of volunteers and hub leaders we have. I think the thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that I can make a difference. What keeps me going through difficulties is celebrating success, it's really important to remember that there are some things that go really well, and when things go badly you can you can use that. But it's also important to remember that difficulties can inspire you and push you on and the power of harnessing that and using, in my case I get angry at the situation and that anger can spur me on to continue and push forward to make things happen.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsEven on days when in the news it looks as if, you know, everything's terrible, what keeps me going is knowing that there's lots of people who do want to make the world a little bit of a better place. So I think you just have to keep a positive disposition and think that things will get better and if they don't I would just have to find something else to do. It's probably just the big picture, trying to see the end goal and what the aim of everything that I'm doing is.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsSometimes when you're kind of caught up in the in the detail of things, it's easy to forget what the big picture is and what the ultimate aim of your work is. I try to just kind of think about where I'm heading and and the part that this piece plays in that jigsaw. The knowledge that if For Ethiopia is no longer operating in those communities, where there is no other charity operating and seeing and knowing the need that is there. And the excitement, the community support, the demand, the growing demand, all keeps me going.

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 secondsThe sense that I'm in a very fortunate position to be able to work with a group of hugely talented and energetic people, trying to rethink the way that the global economy works. You have all the mundane stuff that everybody has and does and just realising that you've got to get through that, to do the exciting stuff and you know try and remind yourself of what that exciting thing is at the end of it and what you're trying to achieve. It's helpful to keep you going in those slightly lower moments. What keeps me going at work through difficulties is the responses that I get from students.

Skip to 3 minutes and 14 secondsStudents enjoying the teaching that we're providing, students that decide to follow careers in the fields that we've been talking to them about, that's the most motivating part of the job. The variable bigger picture, so we're all contributing to the big picture here, it's a big jigsaw and interconnected pieces. What we do now will build a foundation for a positive future. I work with fantastic group of people within the Environment Agency, Those that are closest to me, those that work for me and my colleagues that I work with, are really, really good people to talk things through with.

Skip to 3 minutes and 48 secondsI know where I can get sound advice, I know where I can talk about any difficulties that I'm facing, whether that's in work or outside work and those are the things that help me to get through every working day. I think the thing that keeps me going is pure stubbornness and just not willing to take no for an answer and enjoying what I do, the fact that I actually like it, I think if I didn't I would have left a long time ago. I think the thing that helps me get through difficulties more than anything else is my sense of optimism.

Skip to 4 minutes and 24 secondsOptimism for the future, optimism in humanity and optimism that science and technology, when applied correctly can be fully for the benefit of mankind and for the environment. I guess it's my, my personal drive and the passion for the things that I'm doing, my belief that what I'm doing is right, you know as I accept that sometimes I am wrong. But I'm always prepared to be convinced that I'm wrong, rather than just being told that I'm wrong. I need an evidence for that, I guess that's the physicist in me. It's okay to be upset, it's not okay to dwell on it, it's not okay to obsess.

Skip to 5 minutes and 10 secondsYou've got to own your emotions and then get on with the business of making the world a better place.

What keeps you going?

As mentioned in Step 4.11, facing challenges in life and learning how to deal with them can actually have a profoundly positive effect on personal resilience.

What keeps you going through difficulties and hard times is a really personal thing. Some people might find it helpful to talk through the situation with loved ones, whereas others may prefer to have time alone to digest and think about their next move.

Watch the video, think about it, and add some ideas to the comments:

  • What keeps you going through the difficulties you face in life?
  • Do you have any particular strategies you use to cope during hard times?

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