“Resourceful people are happier, more successful, and have more satisfying relationships.”
~ Chandell Labbozzetta
Yes, You CAN Become Resourceful… if You Want To!
Before you waste your time reading this article, let me ask you a question:
Do you actually WANT to become resourceful?
Not too long ago… In fact, not much more than 12 months ago, most people who read this article would have said, “Yes!”
These days, I’m finding that people like the ‘idea’ but not the reality.
It’s amazing what uncertainty, a global pandemic, and government interventions can do!
Here are three quick questions to test your mettle:
- Are you willing to own your current results… Or do you blame others for them?
- Do you take action… Or do you wait for direction, permission, or circumstances?
- Are you ready to change your behaviour… Or do you hope that you can keep doing the same things and yet achieve different results?
If your answers were weighted to the right hand side, and you are happy with those behaviours then you’re probably not ready to make the shift from reactive to resourceful. On the other hand, if you still think that you’d like a little more control over your life, then maybe you should rethink your willingness to change.
What Does This Change Demand of You?
Resourcefulness is really about control and ownership.
One of my favourite sayings is, “You can’t control the wind, but you can control the sails.” In today’s terms that means that you can’t control what governments, authorities, and germs will do to your circumstances, but you can control your actions.
So, creating change demands VISION, COMMITMENT, and ACTION.
The surprising thing for many people is that you can become more resourceful just by practicing a few tiny (but transformational) habits.
Step #1: VISION
What was the first thing you did when you arrived at work this morning?
If you opened emails or other communication channels to decide what you would tackle first, then you’re becoming the victim of other people’s priorities and the chances are you are not completing your own high value activities.
This usually happens because you don’t have a clear vision or goal for your role, or at least for your day.
- The first step to becoming more resourceful is to clarify your vision and then make sure that you set your task for the first hour of the next day according to your goals before you leave (or stop) work each evening.
- When you do this, you are telling yourself that you have something important to do… And you are also triggering a resourceful response to interruptions, distractions, and derailments.
Step #2: COMMITMENT
Start by taking control of your day in small steps. You can commit to one hour of self-determination for a month (your first hour) even if you aren’t yet ready to take control of a larger chunk. Once you see how effective that mental decision is and how it helps you discover resourceful ways of deferring interruptions, you’ll be motivated to take bigger steps, but it’s important to start with a “No matter what” commitment… And I really do mean, “No matter what!” Unless you are dead or dying, don’t let anything derail that commitment!
Step #3: ACTION
Just do it!
Don’t think about it. Don’t write about it. Don’t talk about it. DO IT!
… Now notice what you accomplished.
- Was it enough?
- Was it more than you expected?
- Was it less than you expected?
- What will you change about the way you set your goal tonight?
- Will you do something different tomorrow?
Spend a few minutes journaling about your experience, then feel free to go back to your usual schedule – until tomorrow morning.
You’ll be surprised at how your entries change over the course of the next 30 days… And you’ll be ready to decide whether resourcefulness and control is something you want to pursue, or whether you’re happy reacting to whatever the universe sends your way.