Toolbox – Building Blocks for Results

Man with wooden building blocks

You have all seen a handyman with his tool belt or plumber with a toolbox.  In short, they have what they need at the ready, within reach, to solve a problem.  This is a perfect example of the value of keeping your tools handy.  Professionals create a toolbox to hold the building blocks to achieve results. The physical tools help with the actual work.  On the other hand, some tools help us cope better with the issues.

An athlete needs his training to be an effective player.  Likewise, his gym bag will contain other useful items.  For example, it may be the sports outfit, the ball, and the bat or racquet.  Meanwhile, wearing the proper shoes can make a big difference between win or lose.  In addition, the right mindset can have a similar impact.  To sum up, all this collectively, is essential to prepare and have a good outcome.

Everyday Tools

Consequently, it is safe to conclude we all need a toolbox for everyday life.  Do you have your toolkit? Is it ready? Did you design it for your specific needs?

During a normal work day it is best to be in a positive frame of mind.  You already possess the education and have acquired skills through your work experience.  Almost daily, you face minor challenges yet you forge ahead.  However, occasionally there are bigger obstacles you need to overcome.  What do you do? How do you tackle them? Do you get nervous, feel unsure, or overwhelmed?

In any difficult situation, it always helps to take a step back and look at the big picture.  Firstly, clearly define the issue.  Secondly, imagine all the steps needed to resolve it.  Thirdly, start to break it down into manageable sections.  Do you have all the resources you need?  Finally, visualize the result.  You are now ready to start the process.

Benefits

What does a toolbox give you?

  1. Confidence in your skills and abilities.
  2. Guide to organize your plan.
  3. Knowledge that you successfully resolved similar issues in the past.

Questions to ask yourself

So, what potential challenges concern you most? Is it stress, doubt?

Have you identified the tools to help you deal with them? How about tapping into your creativity, finding internal and external resources, and building trust, for example?

How to get started

So, let us consider some steps on how you can move from a state of potential challenges toward satisfying results.

Manage Stress

Certainly, you have experienced many stressful situations.  Think back on some of those times and what you found to be helpful.  For instance, it could be taking a coffee break or talking to a friend.   In addition, it always helps to move around to enhance the thinking process.  Try going for a run or dance to your favorite song.  Similarly, spend some time outdoors, do gentle breath work, or admire something of beauty.

Move toward Trust

Find how you can move from self-doubt to trust — in yourself.  Consider past challenges you have had and how you dealt with them.  What has worked for you?   Most importantly, keep in mind the positive outcomes to help boost your confidence. Make a list of your accomplishments to anchor the knowledge of previous successes in any future endeavor.  Moreover, know your strengths.  Have them at the fore and let it be your backbone. Take into account the skills, certifications, and experiences you have accumulated.  A toolbox holds the building blocks to achieve results.

Step into Creativity

Take time to relax, but not procrastinate.  It will help you think clearly to set the stage for the work ahead.   After that, visualize the final output.   As you take action you will begin to find the stream where your creative ideas begin to flow.  Above all, adjust as needed and continue.  Tap into your internal resources and find the external resources, if needed.

Additional help in the Process

Break the job down into smaller tasks.  It will make it less overwhelming.  Be patient with yourself and the process. Don’t get disillusioned if you don’t have the answers right away.  You may get fresh ideas unexpectedly.  Talking to someone or doing something completely different might trigger a new thought.  If you are stuck, let it go, and come back to it later.  Just do not give up.  In other words, if your first attempt does not work, it is okay to try something else.

After task Completion

Reflect on the process and make note of any take-away.  What did you learn? Did you acquire a new skill or tool that you can add to your box?  Similarly, was there something that no longer served you that you could replace? Add this to your list of accomplishments. Take time to celebrate your achievement.

End Result

The toolbox you have designed will be a great asset.  It is an assorted collection of tools, some of which you have built over time.  Some are very real and others are only visible to you.  A physical tool might be a computer. Non-physical tools may be such things as attitude or mindset. Consequently, your personalized toolbox will serve as a template and guide you.   In short, you are unique in the way you process things and need a system that works for you.  Your toolbox holds the building blocks to achieve results.

Things may not always go smoothly.  Therefore, let your toolbox bring you the strength you need.  It is ready, always there for you.  That is to say, it brings credibility that you have what it takes to do it.  To sum up, these are tools that are already working for you.  Add or modify the tools and your toolbox will continue to grow and evolve.  It will help you move through any process more efficiently.

In conclusion, step forward with confidence knowing you have your toolbox at your disposal.

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