Setting big goals, creating a plan and sticking with your plan sound simple and can be very challenging. These actions all require the time needed to accomplish your goals, developing resilience when things do not go according to your expectations and seeing things through.
So how do we increase our resilience?
There are ways to strengthen this practice and it is well worth the effort it takes. Anything that feels calming, soothing or peaceful fits this criterion. A morning ritual, breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, a sauna, journaling, art, listening to specific kinds of music and 8 hours of sleep to recover are all ways to support that feeling of “All is Well”, at least for a few moments. Sometimes just looking at what is directly in front of you and focusing on the very next, immediate steps you need to take can also assist in increasing your resilience. Resilience is something we can develop. The research does indicate that our “Willpower” or “Resilience” is strongest first thing in the morning. Depending on how many decisions, how much stress we encounter and how we deal with that stress, we deplete our reserve during the day. I am noticing that feeling overwhelmed is not an uncommon experience for many people.
The skill is developing a plan to navigate through these feelings and knowing what to put into play to get past the hardest times. It is also important to find a team or a Sherpa (guide in Nepalese) to help you navigate through some of the roughest of times. Most people do much better during times of stress if they are not an island. There are many resources that address the research associated with resilience and how it affects performance.
The Adversity Advantage by Paul Stoltz
10-Minute Toughness by Jason Selk
Be Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz.
Find support for whatever plan you develop to help you take the very next step towards your goals, move through overwhelm and increase your resilience along the way.
~ Coach Laurie Bagley