The book or the movie?

The Book or the movie? 

Given the choice would you rather read the book or watch the movie? 

We all have our preference for the way we take in information. Some of us like the detail that a book provides while others prefer the more animated, perhaps highlights reel, version provided by the movie. 

Today I'm offering you the "email or the podcast". 

Recently I was invited, by the Team at Rabobank, to record a podcast with a focus on resilience. It's a big topic and one that a 29 minute chat provides the opportunity to introduce some headline topics without getting into too much detail. If you're the "podcast" person then you can click  to access it on Spotify: Podcast Link

If you're more the "book" person then I'm not about to ask you to read 29 minutes worth of talking in a single email but I will give you the 4 take home points we finished with.

These are four things, among others, that will assist us to have some ( more) resilience in our lives:

1) Have a values based plan. 

Having a plan infers that you have a goal, or a defined objective, that you are aiming at too. Having a plan provides a platform that can guide decision making through the inevitable ups and downs life throws at us. Having that plan grounded in your values means that what is important to you drives everything else - not the other way around. 

2) Be well connected - socially and professionally. 

Didn't being locked up during the recent pandemic remind us all how important our connections are? The minute things were opened up all we wanted to do was to get together with people - both socially and professionally. We can achieve a few things "remotely" but there's nothing quite like getting together in a group.

3) Look after yourself physically.

We've all heard that before haven't we! Get some regular exercise, eat well, drink plenty of water and get some sleep. Having a good level of energy provides us all the ability to engage in more things in life and enjoy them. As Zig Ziglar used to say " if you had a million dollar race horse would you keep it up all night drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes?". Good question. 

4) Back yourself. 

You can probably do more than you think you can. In Sir Richard Branson's words " if someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later". 
 When faced with a challenge be prepared to give it a go. You might just get it done. If you don't get it done, then back yourself to ask someone to give you a hand.  

As a PS - we really ended up with 5 things.

The 5th was to make holidays happen. I'd suggest 3 "breaks" a year - one for yourself, one with your significant other and, if you have family, a family holiday. 

Who doesn't love a good holiday!