noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences; noun: resiliency; plural noun: resiliencies
1.the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
2.the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
I’ve noticed people that are successful in any endeavor can be described as resilient. Isn’t that the best compliment ever? I want to be known for having grit, for being an overcomer, for being resilient, don’t you? See in this new world where we do everything to protect our kids from failure, hand out participation awards so no one feels bad, say that everyone is a winner and greatly discourage setbacks as the best way to learn; we have created a culture that lacks resilience.
In fact, if you happen to meet someone with real grit, I bet you are in complete awe of their strength and stature because it is such a rare quality to come across today. But if we know that any goal or mission worth pursuing will be filled with difficulties and toughness, why aren’t we focusing on building our own resilience? Isn’t it just a skill that we learn? Look at the definination; The Capacity to recover quickly – that is a skill. The best part is that is can be worked on every single day in the gym.
That is why I love Crossfit so much… it is designed to be extremely tough, it is set up to break you mentally and nothing is given, everything is earned. So let me ask you; if you perform bad in a workout, do you go home and yell at your kids and husband, feel sorry for yourself, think you are worthless, get mad at your coach, use it to reinforce your self limiting beliefs that you suck at certain movements? OR do you analyze your thoughts during the workout, look at how you ate and slept leading into that workout, question what strategy you had to get through it and then take what you learned apply it to the next workout to get a little bit better next time?
How you choose to respond to setbacks will determine how successful you are in the gym and in life.Here’s the best part, the reward for overcoming little problems is bigger ones. The higher you climb in your abilities, the harder the obstacles become. SO before you decide that you want to become successful, decide first that you will learn how to become resilient, that you will embrace difficulties with excitement and that you won’t quit when the toughness of the circumstances are beating you down.