Self reliance is something that most everyone strives for. People want to be independent, able to take care of themselves and their families. One of the most important traits of self-reliant people is their resourcefulness. So, what is resourcefulness and how do we cultivate it?
The definition of resourcefulness is: “the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.” And there are a handful of traits that can be commonly found in resourceful people.
1- Resourceful people are openminded. This is something that you have to actively work on and cultivate. Being open minded to new possibilities, new ways of solving problems, thinking outside the box, and being open to the ideas of others are all ways that we can be openminded.
2- Resourceful people are confident. They trust themselves and their ability to overcome a problem and find solutions. They know that they are capable people, they appreciate themselves and the work they put in.
3- Resourceful people are creative. This goes hand in hand with being openminded. Creativity opens doors to new avenues and ways of looking at situations and can help uncover paths and possibilities that you didn’t know existed.
4- Resourceful people are action oriented. They don’t let the problem or situation continue to worsen until they’re backed into a corner, instead they tackle problems as they arise and are always thinking of new ways to be more efficient, to increase their abilities, and so on.
5- Resourceful people persevere. They don’t let the issue become something that stops them. Instead they keep working at it, sometimes slowly but still working, until they are able to find and execute a solution.
And finally, 6- Resourceful people are optimistic. They believe that there is, and that they will find, a solution to any problem, they focus on the positives while still recognizing the negatives or issues. But they don’t let themselves get bogged down in the negatives or the problems, instead they work hard to find the positives and let those light their way to the solutions they’re needing.
These all sound like great traits to have, don’t they? And while it’s never too late to learn these traits, it’s always better to start young.
What are some ways that we can teach and encourage our children to cultivate these traits while they’re young?
One of the best ways to cultivate these traits and help children grow into resourceful adults is to talk to them, talk through problems with kids and help them get into the habit of paying attention to new ideas and ways that they can problem solve.
When reading with your children and problems arise in the story that you’re enjoying that’s a great opportunity to brainstorm ideas and ways that the characters can solve the problem. This seems simple, but then later when your children face problems themselves they’ll be more likely to respond first by brainstorming issues, and may even have already developed the habit of talking it out with someone.
What are some other ways you can think of to help build these qualities in your children?