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Phillips & Ingrum
117 E Main St
Gallatin, TN 37066
Communications Committee Chair
Ellis and Ellis Law PC
190 B Market Place Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37922
Immediate Past Chair
US Attorney's Office
110 9th Ave S. Ste A961
Nashville, TN 37203-3870
Office of General Counsel, TN Dept...
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-1003

What Do You Do to Recharge?

I recharge my batteries by exercising, listening to music, and working for charities in my community. - Jay Ingrum (2016)
Because staying in the flow does not come naturally to me, I have learned to make it a daily habit. Every morning, I spend the first 30 minutes in some kind of spiritual practice -- whether it's reading spiritual books, listening to spiritual talks, meditating, or journaling, my morning starts with reflection. When I'm having a really stressful day or notice I'm getting stuck in my head, I also take a quick 10-15 minute break and meditate. It immediately helps get me recentered and regain perspective. – Heather Hubbard (2012)
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Four Ways to Improve Your Resiliency

By Leslie Beale (2012)

Leslie L. Beale, JD, is a success coach who helps professionals develop strategies to thrive at work and beyond. After spending fifteen years as a lawyer and executive, Leslie founded Profusion Strategies, where she offers individual and group coaching, consulting, and training programs on a variety of topics. To find out more, visit her website at www.ProfusionStrategies.com.

The law is a tough business. As lawyers, we have many demands on our time and attention. No matter how we try to juggle them, once in a while, we will fail in some way. We’ll fall short of the lofty goals we set for ourselves. We’ll zig when we should zag. We’ll flat out miss things and fall on our faces. Failure is one of life’s great certainties.
Have you ever wondered, however, why some people seem to glide through adversity with grace and ease, while others of us struggle? Why do some of us dwell on a setback while others are on to the next challenge without ever looking back? 
The secret is resiliency. Resiliency is a key skill for managing the many obstacles we encounter in our lives and careers. Practicing resiliency can leave us feeling more in control, and help us move beyond our failures with grace. Here are four ways to get started:
1. Frame setbacks as a challenge instead of a problem.
How you respond to a setback has a lot to do with how you think about it. If you allow yourself to see every bump in the road as an obstacle that can’t be overcome, you’re likely to feel frustrated and defeated. Making small failures into catastrophes only serves to rob you of your energy and keep you from moving forward.
On the other hand, if you frame a difficulty as a new puzzle to be solved, your brain will begin to work on finding a solution. New and creative possibilities will present themselves, and you’ll be able to operate in a way that seemed impossible before. Adopting the attitude of an investigator, being curious as to what happened and how it could have gone differently, can also help keep your mindset flexible and open to new solutions.
2. Commit to your vision of success.
Your vision of success is especially important when you’re faced with failures. If you don’t have a clear idea of where you’re going and what it will take to get there, a misstep can be devastating. You can end up feeling lost and rudderless, and waste time casting about for the next opportunity. 
If you’re clear on your vision of success, however, you will be able to keep going in the face of adversity. You’ll know the next step you need to take. If a setback leads you to decide that step needs to be modified, you’ll be in a better position to fine tune your approach. 
3. Take action toward your goals.
One of the best ways to strengthen resiliency is to take action toward your goals continually, even in the face of failures. Imagine an athlete who, after losing a game, decided to give up on practice and training. We would be shocked. Yet, too often, this is exactly what we do in our own lives. We suffer a loss, and decide to give up on everything we previously believed would lead to our success.
The best athletes, and most successful people, take the opposite approach in the face of failure. They double down. They go back to what they know works, and they focus and recommit. They consistently work on the basics they believe will help them achieve their goal.
The next time you stumble, don’t give up. Redouble your efforts. Focus on the few things you know will help you achieve your goals and keep moving.
4. Focus on what you can control.
When we’re dealt a losing hand, it can be tempting to wallow in self-pity or anger. Resilient people, however, know this is a waste of time. We will never be able to control the circumstances around us, no matter how hard we may try.
We can change the impact of those circumstances, however, by focusing on what we can control – our responses. We can spend our time determining how we could have approached the situation differently. We can improve our understanding of the people around us. We can reassess our approach to a project. These things are within our control, and focusing on them in the midst of adversity can help us regain our confidence and get back on track.

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