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Health and Personal Development of young adults

For many years I have been involved in the personal development and health of teenagers and young adults. I have gained an insight into the way their minds work (or don´t work) and the reasons for many of their behaviors. There is nothing that will surprise me at this stage in my career and all sorts of information will land on this blog. Hopefully some of it will help!

Teach yourself to see Opportunity in Everything
31 December 2012 @ 12:11


Something I have concentrated on developing throughout my career and also my personal life is to really try and see opportunity in everything. Now let me take a step back here and say that sometimes it is just not as easy as it sounds but I do still try.

I have tried really hard to instill this quality in my own daughters as well as the students I teach. Life throws at us many challenges and it is important that we are able to recognize the value that a challenges will bring to us. In fact a challenge will offer us the opportunity for personal growth, a new experience and also a new learning experience.
Sometimes when we are faced with a challenge another idea could surface that previously would not have come to the fore had we not had to stretch our mind and get creative in finding solutions to what we have in front of us .

Of course it is important for us not to ignore reality but we can learn the benefit of keeping a positive mindset especially when dealing with negative people and events around us.

When I returned from Spain this August I was able to return to my previous job at the college as they had kept the job open for me for 3 years just in case I decided to come back. I was extremely grateful for this opportunity as I enjoy the age group and the subjects I teach at the college.

What I noticed in my first few weeks back was the number of negative people who seemed stuck in a rut and had not changed from that scenario in the 2 years I had been away .

They are not happy with their jobs and have been there many years so in effect have lost the challenge and spark in what they do. In seems that the job has become something they do towards getting a pension in a number of years time.

This negativity is a daily challenge for me as I know it is easy to get sucked in and dragged down to the point of agreeing with them and joining the negative clan who move around the college moaning about everything.

I decided early that rather than let the negativity affect me  the opportunity in what I was doing would be  transferring my knowledge and experience onto my blog and building up my blog as an avenue to move forward when my daughters have finished school 2 years down the line.

For that reason I love what I do and see in the college a great opportunity for me to develop on my own. When I am faced with negative people I take it as an example of what happens when we fail to embrace change and see opportunity in what we do .

In fact we should really thank the challenging people who cross our path for teaching us about ourselves and also allowing us the opportunity to learn the benefits of keeping a positive mindset.

In my position as coordinator of health and social care in the college I am faced with challenges every day coming from all directions. I have students coming to me with their problems and unable to see a way out. When I sit with them and we discuss the angles around the problem it is mostly the student who comes up with the solution.I am just the facilitator who tries to help them see that there are other ways to look at the situation in front of them and see a way forward.

When it comes to the end of their two year course the only difference between the student who achieves distinctions and the student who manages to pass is the ability to take on a challenge and not see it as a set back. All of us are faced with challenges throughout our lives and it is our decision on how we approach them as an opportunity to learn or we use them as a reason not to try.

As tonight brings us into 2013 we must remember that what ever way our life unfolds will depend on how we respond to the challenges and roadblocks which come our way and they will be there I can assure you.

Rise up and face them head on, recognize the value in what they offer you and have a wonderful year ahead !


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spanishtogs said:
05 January 2013 @ 08:43

That blog has made my day. Before reading it, I had a real dose of January blues, but I'm now feeling motivated again - well, enough to take my husband his morning cuppa anyway! Thank you.

Kathy Davison said:
05 January 2013 @ 09:25

Well Spanishtogs your comment has made my day!

I find it really satisfying when someone has read one of my articles and it has rung a few bells.

look forward to 2013 and all the challenges it will bring your way. Embrace them and learn .

take care

Boy John said:
07 January 2013 @ 10:18

I too, am striving to feel positive about the new year, I am pursuing the old adage, "where one door closes" etc etc. For example with the severe down turn in property having a somewhat negative effect on some vendors, it has given a once in a life time buying opportunity to a whole new raft of people who previously could not seriously consider securing a freehold property, without massive mortgage borrowing . By the way is anybody in the UK aware of just how great the weather is, in the Southern Costa Blanca at the moment? sometimes we forget one of the main motivations for buying in Spain in the first place . I must say, Kathyd you must have a wonderfully understanding employer to keep your job open for three years, that fact alone would make most people feel positive about the new year.

Kathy said:
08 January 2013 @ 15:18

Hi Boy John

When I accepted the teaching position in Spain it was for a reason .My daughter was falling out of school and I knew I had to change her environment. The college gave me a three year career break which was very nice of them.
We only came back because the school I was teaching at in Spain did IB and both of my daughters wanted to do subjects that they could do here. So the decision was made to come back and get them through thier A levels .
After that I reckon we could be on the move and possibly back to Spain

My daughter also turned the corner and we got her back on decision I ever made to move away

Life is full of opportunities and especially now as you say and yes I do envy you being in the sun!!!

08 January 2013 @ 17:41

I recommend reading 'The Antidote - happiness for people who cant stand posiive thinking' by Oliver Burkeman - guardian columnist and author. Fascinating read, and not cynical. He explains the research that shows how trying to repress negative thoughts often backfires. Try NOT to think of a white bear ...

Although I'm sure he'd agree that wallowing in self pity isnt a path to happiness either.

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