We live and work to varying degrees in a blame culture, which can drive us unintentionally to make more risk averse decisions on occasions. But taking risks is an essential part of a healthy life. The questions that we need to address are why we take risks, and then to consider how we go about taking risks.
The concept of Positive Risk-Taking is discussed in this episode, as something that emerged in the thinking relating to mental health services, but is equally applicable to everyone’s lives. The concept is firmly based in strengths-thinking, because we gain confidence in taking risks if we are more aware of our or others strengths. The discussion highlights the importance of clearer use of language in order to communicate more precisely what we mean.
A further message is that a risk averse option is not a risk-free option. Quotes are used to illustrate the importance of taking risks in our lives.
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“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” [T. S. Eliot].
Building a Strengths Assessment is like painting a picture, requiring careful attention to the detailed layers of its construction. From the broad brush of the different parts of our lives, to the strokes and touches that represent the fine detail of who we are.
Nobody’s life is simply black and white, we all have colours, contrasts and textures that help to define us. But don’t expect the canvass to give up its secrets lightly, a Strengths Assessment requires attention and passionate inquiry of a life lived and a future one hoped for.
The detail of a Strengths Assessment addresses the core questions of what is going on at the moment, what do you want to change, and what resources are needed to achieve that change? It is based in a few very practical principles that are outlined in this episode.
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“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” [Charles R Swindoll]
What do we mean by assessment?
As a concept it applies in ordinary lives not just in formailsed services.
Most assessment focuses on the problems and deficits, so we need to be prompted to give equal attention to what we are good at.
A strengths assessment will offer resources and confidence to underpin any call-to-action.
It helps us to articulate our priorities and exert some control over our own lives. Genuinely working with strengths still has barriers to overcome.
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“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” [Orison Swett Marden – American Author 1850-1924].
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