Start with Resilience

I really appreciate LAVA magazine and other sports mags, such as Runners World, Running Times, Triathlete Mag, for featuring articles that highlight the importance of training the mental aspect of performance. Here is a recent article that highlights developing a personal resilience over fear. Check it out!Mind Games: Learning to Suffer

Mental control and managing internal and external stimuli takes training just like physical training, natural mental and physical ability can only take you so far. There are many mental skills/tools that can be practiced and utilized to be able to manage pain and suffering more effectively during sport performance. However, I have to agree with coach Lindly when she states that tough personal experiences condition you to be able to tolerate tough physical conditions. I would call this resilience.

Psychological resilience according to Wikipedia, free encyclopedia:
Resilience in psychology refers to the idea of an individual’s tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects.”
As a starting point think back to a time when you have bounced back from life’s hardships. Remember how you got through it and how the pain did not last forever. If you had to talk to your past self at that time what would you say to you? What do you think you needed to hear at that time in order to stay encouraged through that tough situation? Such as, “You’ll get through this.” “You’ll be alright.” “Things will work out.” “After this something better will come.” Then use that statement to encourage yourself through that next tough workout or training.

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.

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