On August 19th, Facilitator Kristal Murren stood before a group of professionals in Norristown, who work toward obtaining meaningful employment for people with disabilities. “How many of you woke up this morning and said to yourself, ‘I’m awesome’?” she asked. Most participants stared at her blankly (on a Friday afternoon, after a long day of training, this question seemed absurd and confusing).
“Positive thinking is the key to success,” Kristal explained. “If you believe you can do something, and you tell yourself you can do something—you can!” She told the participants that a positive mindset is necessary in their field of work. If the participants tell themselves they are capable to assist their clients and they tell their clients they’re capable of obtaining meaningful employment—both parties will be successful.
As the program continued, the participants began to discuss the importance of family support. When trying to obtain employment, it is necessary to work with the client’s support system and not against them. The same positive mindset passed from the participant to the client should bleed into the family. The client’s support system must believe in the possibilities for their loved one, so they will speak positivity into the process. After all—“we’re all awesome.”