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Life Coach and working mum Amy shares her experiences of how iKi helps her meet the challenges of juggling children, partner and career, while striving to be a happy, healthy strong role model. And staying sane!.

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Learning resilience.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Resilience is a matter of habit

Firstly, a big thanks to my regular readers. As you’re aware, each weeks’ blog is around a word from the song “Every Single Day” which mentions some of the many ways we can make each day a little better.

In this weeks’ blog I’m taking a break from that format but sticking to the theme.

I’ve just finished reading Joe Williams’ new book “Defying the Enemy Within” and was amazed at the number of great adjectives that can be applied to it.

The book is a great read, fast paced and engrossing. Joe outlines his childhood with humor and humility and shares the excitement, the ups and downs of his impressive sporting career. He is articulate, honest and humble.

He deals with his substance abuse and mental health issues openly and bravely and takes us on an involving journey to where he is now – making a powerful, positive contribution to all Australians. His advice on how he stays positive, healthy and highly functional is clear, inspirational and truly helpful.

His comments that the Australian nation as a whole can learn much from the First Nations, if we will just listen, is visionary and timely.

Great job Joe. I’m proud to be a friend and fellow Australian.

Kim


 


GRIT!

Monday, October 30, 2017

GRIT - Equipping our children to become the best they can be! 

The world is changing fast but some things stay the same. The big question for parents everywhere has always been “How do we equip our children to become the best they can be - happy, contributing members of the “teams” that are our families, schools, workplaces and communities?”

There are lots of theories – but the answer that sums it up best is - “Grit” – that mixture of resilience, stamina and determination that comes from understanding that challenge, struggle and pain are an integral part of the journey of life and that learning from ‘failure’ builds strength of character and wisdom.

Research - and common sense - suggest that a key ingredient of grit is the strength we gain by learning positive lessons from our mistakes, and by making habits of the thoughts, actions and behaviours that are life affirming.

Children thrive when they feel the security that comes from clear, consistent rules, when guidelines are the same for everyone and designed to build respect – for each other, for their own property and the property of others. They develop grit (resilience) in safe places where the consequences of their actions and behaviours are fair and consistent.

That’s not to say they should to be coddled – far from it. It’s not about being protected from all danger – it’s about them feeling that they know the rules of the particular context – the game, the place or circumstance they are in.

We all learn best when we feel secure and “game” enough to try things, in the knowledge that we won’t be scorned for failures and that our progress and successes will be acknowledged and valued.

 

Hear more on the positive affects of "Grit" from TED Talk presenter Angela Lee Duckworth in the video below.