Video lesson

Prickly problems demand well-equipped problem solvers. And gearing up with the right tools and resources can make all the difference in the world.

Reflection questions

Whatever obstacle you’re facing, take the time to take stock of what resources might help you through it.

  • What tools do you need that are available already?
  • Which ones are you missing, and how you can get your hands on them?

Exercise: Conduct a toolbox audit

  1. Identify a goal you have or obstacle you’re facing — it could be a big project at work or school, an upcoming marathon, finding a new job, or whatever.
  2. Make lists of all the tools and resources that would help you accomplish your objectives.
  3. Identify which items you currently have access to and which ones you don’t.
  4. Next, distinguish between the “must-have” items (the tools that are absolutely essential) and the “nice-to-have” items (e.g., having the latest GPS smartwatch might be helpful to track your runs, but it might not be necessary).
  5. Finally, analyze your list and make a plan for how to get your hands on the tools and supports that will help you achieve your goals.

Here’s an example to get you started…

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