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Part 3- Avoidance and Summary

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Chris Maddison

on 20 November 2014

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Transcript of Part 3- Avoidance and Summary

Why we use avoidance
We are safe/stuck in a familiar routine
We are anxious about the outcomes
Avoidance is easier in the short term but harder in the long run
Avoidance Behaviours and Summary
Avoidance Behaviours
Aka Self Sabotage
The Contract
The Good
What did you learn today that was helpful?
What activity or video did you enjoy?
Was there something that you wanted more of?

The Bad
Was there a video or activity that you disliked?
What could be improved?

The Unclear
Was there anything that was confusing?
Any questions about the material?
When we have a reason to live we can withstand almost any obstacle.

You can shape your life by how you use your attention.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso
I hope you have found this presentation useful &
the best of luck for the future
Trying to escape the inevitable.
People often try to avoid emotions such as fear, boredom and uncertainty.
There are a range of avoidance behaviours that people use.
* Procrastination *TV *Arguments
* Addictions * Excessive sleep

Procrastination is when you put off something important.
Have you ever said to yourself "I will do that after ..." then you had to rush to do it later?

Activity 8: Avoidance Behaviours
Distracting vs Directed thoughts

Situation 1: You need to improve your resume before your job interview next week
Distracting thoughts:

Directed thoughts:

Situation 1: You need to improve your resume before your job interview next week
Distracting thoughts: I can do this later. I don't feel like doing it now. I would rather do something else.
Directed thoughts: If I get it done now I will know it is done. I will be under pressure if I do it later. This is really important to me. If I find a problem now I will have time to fix it.
Activity 9: Clarifying goals and values.
Imagine you are on your deathbed. Your life flashes in retrospect before your eyes. You realize that you are satisfied with your life and that you will die peacefully.
Very quickly (2 minutes) list what you would want your life's accomplishments to be?”
“Imagine that it is 11:59 p.m. next New Year's Eve. You are standing in a whirl of confetti, a noisemaker in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other. As you hear “Auld Lang Syne,” the year just past flashes across your mind. You realize with a sense of pleasure that you have had a good year.
Very quickly (2 minutes) list your desired accomplishments for this year.”
“Imagine that this course is over. You are safely distanced from its pressures, you reflect on the work you have done improving your job seeker skills and realize that it was successful.
Quickly list (in 2 minutes) the major tasks you would have liked to accomplish this during this course.”
Go through your lists and find a goal that you would really like to commit to achieving
1. A clear statement of purpose. Use Activity 9 to pick your goal.
2. The definite action steps to achieve that result. A one-two-three charting out of what you and others will do to reach the goal.
3. What resources will you use? Be specific. If one fails who can substitute?
Fill out the Contract
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