Change is hard. Now that we got that out of the way, Amy Morgan wants to challenge you to change your life. Sure, making changes in one’s life can be difficult but using the tools and tips on this session, we can make change a little bit more palatable, motivating, and feasible.
One of Justice Clearinghouse’s regular instructors, Amy is the Founder and Director of Academy Hour that provides mental health & leadership courses. She also recently developed and founded the Certified First Responder Counselor Training & Certification Program for those who want to work with first responders and law enforcement clients.
Specifics she tackled on this session are:
- The critical first step of self-assessment before initiating change.
- Decisions: What guides us through them, ones we have to take, and the path it takes us to.
- Why we default to our comfort zone and the value in challenging ourselves to go beyond it to foster growth and expand our opportunities.
- The messages that we live by – the sources where we hear it from, how it influences us and gets ingrained into us, and how it affects our actions and decisions.
- How our personal core values greatly impact our decision making and life path, and why it is crucial that we align our choices with our values.
- The concept of post-traumatic growth as it relates to change – how traumatic events can bring about positive life changes.
- Why it is necessary to have a plan that lays out the steps and goals when employing change.
- The importance of remembering to maintain balance in your life amidst changes through rest, stillness, reflection, and assessment.
- Exercises to develop resiliency that can propel us to remain driven to make positive changes amidst adversity.
- The elements that must be integrated into our life plan that ensure congruence with our values and assessing regularly for progress.
Points addressed during the Q&A were on:
- Why “fake it ‘til you make it” isn’t always an effective strategy to make permanent life changes.
- Overcoming the negative messaging we’ve been made to believe growing up.
- Why we must provide flexibility in our plans and re-assess regularly.
- Doing the inner work required to heal from cumulative trauma to allow change to happen.
- How parents can best communicate with children and defeat negative messaging.
- Lessons and growth through failure.
- How changes impact the people around us and getting others to support these changes or support others going through theirs.
This is the first of a three-part series. Join us for:
- Part 1: Pre-Prevention: Staying ahead of the Struggle
- Part 2: Suicide Explained: What Leads Someone to that Moment
- Part 3: Challenge Yourself to Change Your Life (this webinar)
Resources and Handouts
- Values Worksheet
- Trauma Timeline
- Personal Strategic Planning Workbook
- Personal Strategic Planning Guide
- “There are many valuable takeaways. The one that I’ve been thinking about the most is the ripple effect and how our choices and changes impact those around us such as our spouses and our children.” — Amanda
- “Common sense, non-complicated suggestions. Thank you, Ms. Morgan. Well done.” — Amber
- “The warm-hearted style of speaking helped create tone of empathy and humor when discussing the various reasons we may benefit from taking on this “challenge to change our lives”. — Anne
- “The information was relevant for myself and the young adults I work with, thank you.” — Arrow
- “This was one of the best webinars I have attended so far. ” –Beatrice
- The handouts are great tools for ongoing personal assessment. — Christine
- I really enjoyed this training. We have all heard about setting a plan, but this is more than that. It’s about reassessing, making smaller steps, and growing! Thanks for putting this together. — Crystal
- “The worksheets… I love that I can do it on my own time, and even with my husband. I also love that I can do it again as things change.” — Katie
- “Amy was a great speaker. She gave me a lot to think about and use within both my work and personal lives.” — Leslie
- “Another Excellent Amy Morgan Webinar… Always great.” — Robert