Week Five – Phase 2

Building your Resilience

What is Resilience?

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of fear or disaster while others appear to come undone? People that can keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks. Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges.

Resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. Instead, resilience gives people the strength to tackle problems head-on, overcome adversity, and prosper even when under extremes of stress.

Character traits of people with resilience include:

  • Holding positive views of themselves and their abilities
  • Possessing the capacity to make realistic plans and stick to them
  • Having an internal sense of control for the direction of their life (ie their own actions largely determine the course of their life)
  • Viewing themselves as fighters rather than victims

Fortunately, resilience is something that you can build both in yourself and in others. Here are some of the important steps that you can take to become more resilient.

  • Instead of viewing adversity as insurmountable, focus on looking for small ways that you can tackle the problem and make changes that will help.
  • Focusing on the positive things you can do can help get you out of a negative mindset.
  • Seeking Knowledge. Discussing things with other people can help you gain insight or even new ideas that might help you better manage the challenges you’re dealing with.
  • Focusing only on the things that are in your control. Developing a strong positive focus.
  • Developing a positive outlook, having a strong support system, and taking active steps to make things better.

As you begin Phase 2 of your training program consider strongly the fact that you are training more than just your body! In Phase Two we begin to explore the evasive maneuvers of boxing such as slipping and bobbing & weaving, and these techniques give you the ability to ” be in the thick of things” yet come out unscathed. Similarly, on a mental/emotional level your consistent daily training is cultivating within you the ability to maintain tenacity and strength as you develop your own skill-set and push forward in your training without quitting – not even for a day!

So as you work through the following topics bring a positive mindset to the forefront of your training knowing that you are creating a better version of yourself everyday.

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