100 Days of Resilience Project

100 Days of Resilience Project

 
resilienceI’ve been working on a personal project and am on Day 31 of my Resilience Training Project, otherwise known as #regulargalresilience or #100daysofresilience. This isn’t anything formal, but I wanted to see how I could push myself to be resilient in little ways. I talk about building resilience in sport and life and I’d be doing a disserve if I didn’t try to push my own limits, fail a little bit better and get genuinely uncomfortable. In fact, it’s taken me 30 days to start writing about it rather than it being my little secret project. I do want to know how you’re practicing resilience too, because this isn’t just about me because that would be so boring! Part of being resilient is being inspired by others – the ole’ if you can do it then maybe I can do it too trick.
One of the small things I’m failing beautifully with, and getting better everyday, is the yoga handstand. A part of me feels like if I can do a handstand, it will help me break through in other areas of my life. Handstand makes me feel incompetent and I have to stop myself from thinking everyone does it better than me. So I’m trying a handstand everyday and I fail spectacularly at it– that’s awesome! I’m not accepting that failure is the end, only that it’s part of the journey. Will I ever have the courage to do a handstand on a rock mound in Joshua Tree? I just deleted the ‘probably not’ I was going to write and am changing that to f-yeah, I’m going to try, because that is part of being resilient.
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I’m trying lots of little things in this project and in 30 days there have been results. Sometimes it’s as simple as pressing send on an email I wasn’t sure if I wanted to send and not driving myself bananas waiting for a reply. If I don’t get a reply, then my resilience tells me to try again. The other week I said yes to doing a triathlon even though I didn’t feel totally prepared and ended up with the fastest average bike time of my triathlon career. Then, I took a meeting without expectations and am starting to build a really exciting opportunity that has surprised me.
Part of this stems from my belief in trying things and embracing failure. Being a leader and having success doesn’t fall from the sky, but trying things, pushing myself and putting it out there gives me the opportunity and builds resilience. Sometimes we feel like a story of resilience has to be the big stuff, but I think the little stuff counts too. I’m just a regular gal trying her best and I hope this inspires you to be resilient too and share some of the little things that you’ve done to challenge yourself.
I would love to hear your snip-it of #regularresilience #regulargalresilience or #regularguyresilience to be a part of my book. There’s no apology necessary for giving something a try or wanting to do something big. Have fun failing spectacularly please!  I’ve got 70 more days to go or perhaps it’s going to become a crazy habit!
Email me or write in the comments because I really want to hear your stories! Please inspire me to keep going!
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