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Why does healing fail to happen when the available resources and assets are being ignored, or overlooked because all attention and energy is on the “problem”? With busy lives filled with daily stressors and challenges, it is often easy to forget the importance of embracing the valuable resources and assets at our disposal. These treasures can play a pivotal role in fostering a healing environment for our families, students, co-workers, employees, and ourselves. The jewels assets and resources impact each of us emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically. Focusing on and utilizing available resources and assets will prove to be a game-changer in our approach to healing and problem-solving. So, let’s embark on this journey of uncovering the hidden power that lies within our resources, with the goal of cultivating a more nurturing, supportive, compassionate, and ultimately successful environment for everyone involved.

I firmly believe that focusing on the ‘Problem’ neglects Hidden Strengths and Leads to a form of Tunnel Vision in the mental health, education, and psychiatric community. When we dwell solely on the issue at hand, our mind becomes fixated on the problem, often overlooking the hidden strengths or solutions that lie within ourselves and our surroundings. This means that valuable resources and assets frequently go unnoticed. Tunnel vision prevents us from seeing the wider picture and, in turn, stifles our creativity and problem-solving prowess. When all the attention and energy are focused on the problem, it can create a sense of overwhelm or distress that can hinder the healing process. The constant focus on the problem can lead to a state of chronic stress or anxiety, which can negatively impact physical and mental health, making it harder to recover. By redirecting our focus towards our resources, whether they be personal strengths, familial support, or educational tools, we can tap into a wellspring of potential that can aid in healing and overcoming challenges – both big and small.

As a healer, I have discovered that my personal mindset deeply influences the way I see and understand those that I am working with. Our state of mind holds immense power in determining our experiences and outcomes, especially when facing hardships. When we focus solely on the problem, we inadvertently send a message both to ourselves and to the client that things are not right, and we become overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions. However, shifting focus toward the resources and assets available to us enables us to view the situation in a lighter, more empowered manner. Again, when we are overly focused on the problem, we may miss opportunities to help the client leverage available resources and assets that could be helpful in the healing process.

Each one of us is uniquely equipped with an array of strengths, talents, and abilities that can be channeled into overcoming challenges and effecting change.

As parents and teachers, it is our job to help those in our care identify and harness these incredible resources. We must encourage and empower our children to explore and develop their skills, providing them with an environment in which they feel supported and safe to do so. Nurturing these assets will facilitate personal growth and instill confidence, fostering resilience in the face of trials and tribulations.

By combining our resources and assets, we create a synergistic effect, multiplying their collective power to promote healing and problem-solving effectively. For example, parents and teachers can collaborate to debug behavioral issues, students can work together to tackle complex projects, or a family may pool their emotional resources to support a struggling loved one. When united, these various resources create a formidable force, equipping us to conquer the difficulties that life may throw our way with grace and perseverance.

While it is important not to lose sight of the issue that requires attention, a balanced perspective entails acknowledging the problem while embracing the resources at hand. As healers, parents, teachers, and caregivers, we can demonstrate this balance by offering advice and support alongside concrete action steps, bolstered by the resources available to us. This compassionate approach allows for emotional healing to coexist with practical problem-solving, enabling optimal outcomes to be realized for everyone involved.

In conclusion, it is essential to recognize the importance of embracing and harnessing the resources and assets available to us, as their underutilization can hinder the healing process and problem-solving abilities. By shifting our focus towards these invaluable tools, maintaining a positive mindset, and working together to generate synergy, we can promote personal growth, build resilience, and effectively navigate the challenges of life. As parents, teachers, and caregivers, let us endeavor to create an environment brimming with support and understanding, one that empowers our children to thrive, lifts the burden from the shoulders of our clients, and builds cohesive work teams and committed relationships that promote growth for all.

If you have any questions about asset-focused work, feel free to contact me for more information



Written by Robert Rhoton

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field and works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services.


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