S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency

If you are to be resilient or to be hopeful, you must set clear and achievable Graphic showing five differently colored houses in a row each having a letter of the word SMART posted to the front. The word goals appears below the display. Graphics appear above each rooftop. From left to right they are: target, meter, thumbs up, check mark and timer.goals. These are often referred to as S.M.A.R.T. goals. The first letter, S, stands for specific. We know exactly what we would like to do. If we have a health issue, such as decreasing our level of cholesterol, we want to be able to set a specific goal. In other words, we want to make that goal measurable, which is the second component of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. We need to set a specific figure. We would like to get our cholesterol down to 140, for example, so we will know whether we have achieved that goal or we haven’t. Continue reading “S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency”

PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

 

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Building Resilience…Survival Skills for the 21st. Century was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of resilience skills and attitudes among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal. Building Resilience is an outgrowth of Maine Resilience and its ambitions.  Maine Resilience is a non-profit agency started in January of 2007.  Building and sustaining the resilience of all Maine citizens its goal. Dr. Ron Breazeale and Alpha One worked together to form Maine Resilience and to create materials used to teach resilience through storytelling. Building Resilience has partnered with others over the years in order to facilitate an increase in resilience skills. We have provided more than sixty workshops with diverse groups including individuals with disabilities, first responders and educators since 2007.

One of our newest partners is PocketConfidant AI. PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

“Our goal is to be a preventive tool, supporting individuals going through personal, professional or academic transitions, helping them develop the competencies they need to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become more resilient and self-confidant.”

PocketConfidant virtual coach will learn through interaction with users. Think of this as the development of a huge library of knowledge from which to draw the right question at the right time. Would you like to help build the library that enables PocketConfidant to be the best tool possible?

PocketConfidant AI seeks to engage organizations, institutions and/or businesses whose patrons might benefit from this unique coaching tool; the purpose of which is to empower people and develop resilience through technology. We encourage you to participate. Contact us or contact PocketConfidant AI to be a part of this innovative coaching experience.

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that you’ll take advantage of it. If you have questions please address them to us or to PocketConfidant directly.

Thanks for you support.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan

New Chapters Posted!

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.

Use this link to read the new chapters of “First Night.”

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First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism’ resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”

Radicalization

Isolation of one individual.

Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders.  These are people who have grown up in this country.  Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans.  But all have one thing in common.  They have not been integrated into our society.  They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “Radicalization”

Hope: Optimism With a Plan

A Look at the Key Components of Hope

Recently I have noticed a commercial that plays frequently on television. It has to do with a couple, a young couple, who is trying to stay within their grocery budget. In the commercial they are known as “The Hopefuls.” They are hopeful in that they may be able to stay within budget the next time they visit their grocery. But, alas, they fail. Consistently they go over budget until the cashier at their market comes to their rescue. She introduces them to a new app that will help them stay within budget. They make a plan to use the new app in making their grocery list and to their amazement, they accomplish their goal of not overspending. The end. Continue reading “Hope: Optimism With a Plan”

The Process of Change: A Continued Discussion of James Prochaska’s Theory

In the previous three posts we have talked about the processes that can help people move through the change process. In the last post we identified five of the processes of change, the first being a willingness to find out new information and facts and to explore community resources that could support you in being able to make the change that you are contemplating. Continue reading “The Process of Change: A Continued Discussion of James Prochaska’s Theory”

The Processes of Change: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change

In the last two posts, we have talked specifically about the change process and about the stages of change identified by James Prochaska and his colleagues through their research. In this post and the next, I will briefly summarize some of the processes of change that can help an individual move through the stages of change. Continue reading “The Processes of Change: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”

Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change

In the last post we discussed the change process and what we know about it.  Specifically, we talked about the research of James Prochaska and his colleagues and the Stages of Change model that he has developed. His Transtheoretical Model of Change explains in part why people stay in bad situations and in toxic relationships either with another person or with a drug. Continue reading “Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”