Overcoming Challenges Through Resilience
We all face challenges in our lives. From the school yard bully to battling illness. From losing your job to suddenly losing a loved one. Overcoming these (and other) types of challenges are what builds resilience.
According to Audra Proctor, resilience is the quality that enables one person to bounce back, actually respond well and thrive with multiple challenges.
Over the last 7 months, I have had the opportunity to observe the routines of two amateur boxers. Boxing is not for everyone. It is a very demanding sport. Being able to observe these two boxers has taught me a lot about resilience.
That’s because boxing throws many challenges at you.
It requires a high level of fitness. You need to push yourself when you can’t do anymore. It requires self-discipline.
You need to overcome your fear of getting hit. You don’t have time to think when you get hit.
You need to get over the fear of throwing punches that leave you open to getting hit by your opponent. You can’t be a perfectionist. You need to protect yourself.
You need to be proactive and anticipate what your opponent might do. You can’t always be reactive.
You need to control yourself. You can’t get angry and lose your focus.
These are some of the challenges a boxer faces each time they step into the ring. They choose to do so.
“In boxing, once you get past the fear it’s more about personal development than anything – character building, pushing yourself.” Tyrone Tongia, three-time Australian light-middleweight champion.
Boxing is not everybody’s cup of tea. And I respect that. I also respect the boxers who dedicate themselves to the sport. They provide some great examples of building resilience. To thrive when faced with multiple challenges.
Values are the things that you believe are important. They are what your priorities are based on. They are what you measure your life against. What matters most.
It is important to understand what your values are, as you will always refer to them when making decisions.
What are your top 3 values?
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