You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option.
Our collaborator Ana Casares He tells us in this interesting article what resilience is and how to train it to overcome difficult situations.
It is a phrase that in my opinion defines very well what is the resilience.
Surely you remember some moment in your personal or sporting life when you had to rcome to a special force to move forward. A force that you did not know but that you had inside and that was activated to overcome that situation successfully.
Discovering that force generated a new resource in you, an solution before a hard or very hard moment. And surely and perhaps without realizing it you will use that resource in other hard times of greater or lesser impact that occur in your life or in your sport.
In a triathlon and in long distance tests, we have insured hard moments, where fatigue, muscle pain, doubts and negative thoughts can take hold of us ... These are moments that test our physical and especially mental strength.
These are moments that we cannot control, they are inherent in the practice of our sport. However what yes we can train is our ability to face them in the best possible way and get stronger from the situation.
The ability that all people have to overcome difficult times and also get strengthened is what we call resilience. And it is not a special feature for a minority nor is it reserved for extraordinary people. All in greater or lesser degree we have the ability to overcome. It is a natural, normal and frequent response in the human being. It is part of us, part of our essence and our priority objective: survival, survival, to remain who we are.
The force that may arise is proportional to the intensity of the adverse situation. And the greater the force, the greater the discovery.
But why do people respond differently to adversity? All this has to do with our attitudes, beliefs and values that are the result of our experiences.
Here are 7 tips to train your resilience:
1.- Surround yourself with positive habits focused on doing what you like, not forgetting what you bring to others. It's a way of generate self esteem and self confidence. Practice triathlon because you really like it.
2.-Keep a healthy vital balance between your training-nutrition-work-rest.
3.- Grow your flexibility and adaptability to unforeseen situations, unwanted situations. A puncture arrives, a bad day training, a dislike with a partner, an unexpected result. What strategy do you adopt in these situations? Focus them on the opening, the sense of humor, other points of view. Find your resource to be flexible.
4.- Smile as a daily habit; just by sketching the smile gesture our brain interprets it positively and generates neurotransmitters for well-being such as endorphins. And from that wellbeing we generate clarity to think, focus the situation and act. In a moment of fatigue and mental confusion training or competing, he smiles.
5.- Check your belief about adversity and your way of facing it.
Some people turn to the I can not before the first symptom of fatigue and leave, adjust, withdraw ...
There are people who are afraid of not giving up as others expect, or are afraid of the unknown, what will happen when the wall arrives at kilometer 30,35,37 ...
However, other people see adversity as something stimulating that puts them to the test, and they believe that there is always a solution to move forward, that a better time will come.
With which position do you identify more?
6.- Know your Control locus, this is the place where you locate your thoughts and actions.
What things about your training and your competitions depend on your own actions? And what things that happen to you depend on luck, on others, on destiny, on the decisions of others ...?
Are you one of the people who always blame others, bad luck, time ...?
Or do you have the perception that something you will have done to make a fact happen?
If you interpret what happens as an effect above all of your own actions, your locus of internal control predominates.
This increases your self confidence and self efficacy and you have the perception that you control your life yourself. You value effort, skill and personal responsibility positively.
What prominence and part of responsibility do you have in what happens in your training and in your competition?
7.-. Share with others your training and competitions with open and flexible attitude. Train your ability to see things from the point of view of the other and to listen to him in a conscious and free of judgment.
Building resilience leads us to transform reality fully and positively to move forward. And best of all, this ability is within each of us. I encourage you to explore ...
Ana Casares Polo
Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sports
Degree in Psychology UNED
ICF certified professional coach
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