Planning in Advance for Tough Times is Key to Building Resiliency
Can we be frank? Sometimes life is hard.
Preparing for the future while living in the present can sometimes result in feeling like you’re being pulled in too many directions at once. It happens to everyone.
If you’re considering entering a professional training program to become a professional medical assistant, a health claims specialist, a pharmacy technician, or a massage therapist – or if you’re already in a training program – it’s important to plan in advance for how you’re going to handle the inevitable difficult times.
Here are some strategies to help build the personal resiliency that can help propel you to graduation so you can put your new skills to use.
Get Clear on What You Want
Take some time, perhaps even right now, to get very clear on what you want. Picture yourself in a fulfilling new job. Imagine how your career will positively impact other areas of your life. Make this image sharp in your mind.
When you hit a difficult patch, call on this image to remind yourself of your larger goal.
Put the Past in Its Place
Perhaps you suffered some setbacks earlier in your life. Maybe some of those setbacks were even self-created (and who isn’t guilty of just a little bit of self-sabotage?).
The important thing to remember is that the past is history and point of power is now, in the present moment. Remind yourself that you have the ability to make new choices. Define yourself in a new way. Say out loud: “I am someone who can learn from the past and then move on. I am someone who follows through. I am someone with a bright future.”
Teach Others How to Treat You
Many of us have responsibilities to other people in our lives. However, it’s important to remember that we also have responsibilities to ourselves. Plus, taking care of ourselves first can allow us to be in a more empowered state to help family and friends when they need it.
If you’ve ever been on a plane, you know hat the safety instructions are to put your own oxygen mask on before you help others. It’s the same thing in life.
Make sure people in your life know that you’re prioritizing your career training. That may sometimes mean saying no to things friends or family would like you to do. Kindly explain that you’re not available because you have to focus on school. It may be hard at first, but eventually they’ll understand how important your career training is to you. (Bonus: Showing your commitment may inspire others to take action to plan for their futures as well.)
Surround Yourself with a Success Tribe
Having a support system can be critical in getting through challenging times. While it’s often good to turn to old friends and family, keep in mind that it’s also valuable to try to make new friends in your course of study. Classmates may be in a better position to relate to your challenges because they’re going through similar ones. Find a buddy and agree to be each other’s cheerleader until graduation.
Remember to include Salter’s faculty and staff in your “success tribe.” They’re also dedicated to your success, and happy to provide additional help or tutoring, if necessary.