This month’s Life Skill is “perseverance.” On Tuesday, June 5th, HALO invited Jeff Albright to join us and speak at our monthly staff meeting.
Jeff started out by talking to us about how dysfunction is everywhere. He said we are all tempted every day by so many things, but every temptation you avoid increases your ability to avoid the next one. We tend to mimic the behavior of those around us. Self control can be contagious. Happiness can be as well. It’s important to learn when to listen to others, and when to set boundaries.
It’s also important to remember that lists are only guidelines. If you don’t accomplish everything on your list you can’t beat yourself up over it, but should instead learn to be proud of what you were able to accomplish. Overcontrol can be spirituality deading.
It can be easy to get onto a path in life. This path isn’t necessarily right or wrong, it’s just a path. By recognizing that life is unpredictable, we can stop overthinking, and start living more in the present. This allows our mind to be more open to new possibilities. Try to not get in your head attempting to live up to expectations, and constantly thinking that you should be doing more. Instead set realistic goals tailored to what you want to accomplish, and base those goals on your own capabilities. If you try to make a lot of major life changes all at once you can be setting yourself up for self judgement when you ultimately fail. By taking small steps each and every day, and putting aside overthinking, you can find the right direction in your life. Even if it’s not the direction you expected.
Throughout June, programming in our Learning Center was centered on perseverance. If you are interested in becoming a Life Skill speaker, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou