In my personal experience overcoming challenging events take a lot of resilience. Overcoming problems and troubleshooting will be something that you have to deal with on a daily basis when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.
I believe that resilience and mindset have a strong connection. A person's personal outlook can affect how they react when problems exist.
Psychologists have studied the difference between “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”, and how these affect one’s ability to achieve success. Those with a “fixed mindset” tend to avoid challenges, give up easily, and ignore useful negative feedback. On the contrary, individuals who possess a more “growth mindset” have been shown to embrace challenges, endure in the face of adversity, and learn from criticism. It is easy to see how those who possess more of a “growth mindset” will be more likely to carry traits of resiliency like patience, compassion, gratitude, and letting go. Those that have a growth mindset tend to bounce back from challenging events more effectively.
Having a fixed mindset can derail you from achieving your goals. It will show up in many ways throughout your journey. I have had several coaching sessions about this topic but here is an example of a fixed mindset and how it can be detrimental to your healthy lifestyle journey.
It's not easy to be physically active in society today. We have the convenience attitude when it comes to most tasks because we feel like we are saving time. So things that could actually aide us in being physically active we will avoid simply because it doesn't fit perfectly into our schedule and it may be challenging to add anything to it. You would be surprised how much your daily activity stepped up if you did tasks like cleaning your car by hand, cleaning your home without the assistance of a maid service, washing dishes by hand, and walking to get the mail instead of stopping by it in our cars on the way home.
Resiliency is extremely important because obstacles will always arise in an effort to derail you from your goals. For example, I am a health coach and my job is to help clients achieve their fitness goals. Some of these include increasing strength, losing weight, gaining lean muscle, and improving health in an effort to get off medication. I am confident in my abilities to design a well-researched, high-level program to help them get there. The actual implementation of the program presents its own set of problems. Some clients have young children to take care of, while others have most of their time consumed by work and travel. While children, work, and travel all demand unique attention, none of them allow my clients to spend more time in the gym working on their health and wellness. Hence, these variables, while very important in life, are often obstacles that get in the way of one achieving their goals.
I would be remiss in my coaching duties to allow my clients to continue to let these variables derail them from making themselves healthier. Therefore, we plan around these other demands in search of what I like to call, “areas of opportunity”. Many people tend to dwell on all of the time they don’t have to exercise or prepare food (fixed mindset) as opposed to the time that they do have (growth mindset). I love to ask the right questions and have a conversation about identifying areas of opportunity for people to commit to their health and wellness goals. I promise there's always a way to create time to hit your goals. You may just have to be very strategic in how you go about it. Once you identify this, you can set up an action plan to implement into your program in a more manageable and realistic fashion.
But you have to make the mental shift to a growth mindset and be resilient when problems present themselves. Because they will, just wait.