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“I don’t think I can do that. That’s too hard for somebody like me,”

Shannon said as she pointed to the picture of the camera. So she chose to work towards a safer first badge: animal training. But she didn’t stop there.

After her second experience with dogs, Shannon returned to the Kudoz catalogue. “I’m ready to try something else,” she said. Surprisingly, Shannon chose the ‘video editing’ badge. She didn’t find the three experiences ‘easy’ and she still felt ‘shy’ but, on reflection realized that ‘trying something new’ was a big achievement. These sorts of personal achievements can help to re-write the stories we tell ourselves about what we’re capable of doing and being. Feeling competent and confident are two critical determinants of positive mental health.

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