Personal Best: Making the Shift
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In the athletic arena, we celebrate elite athletes for the Strength, Endurance, and Power that allow them to highlight their talent. In individual sports, such as weight lifting, track and field, and swimming, an acronym exists for athletes’ optimal performances—their “PB”—their Personal Best.
In our personal lives, we too exercise our competencies of Strength, Endurance, and Power. I call this the Resiliency Fitness Paradigm—the arena that in which we highlight our Resiliency. We demonstrate our abilities to rebound despite deficits, to thrive despite setbacks, and to establish our Personal Best. (This functions on an individual and a group level.)
The key to the Resiliency Fitness Paradigm lies in how we exercise our Strength, Endurance, and Power in life. The Paradigm speaks to psychosocial fitness, blending both the psychological and social self, and how well suited we are to respond so that we suffer less. The issue is complex because Resiliency rarely has statistics (except, for example, when counting money or persons). Nevertheless, we can judiciously assess our own Personal Best based on quality of life and the quality of our relationships.
COMPETENCIES AND TRAINING PRINCIPLES
Consider weight-lifters: These athletes encounter challenges to Strength, Endurance, and Power in accordance with three training principles—Overload, Recovery, and Adaptation. The weight that they lift pushes their abilities to the limit. They Recover in between workouts, and their muscles and cardiovascular system Adapt. With consistent effort over time, their Personal Best improves.
Consider you and me: We encounter challenges to our Strength, Endurance, and Power. Life delivers crises that Overload our sensibilities; some feel more manageable than others, but life tests our ability to respond. Putting aside our shortcomings, we exercise our competencies to the best of our abilities, our Personal Best. We eventually enter a period of Recovery. As we gain perspective, if we are wise, the lessons we glean yield to Adaptation—we know better. Adaptation gives us the “magic” ingredient for future reference, feeding our Personal Best for the next Overload.
WHY INVEST IN PSYCHOSOCIAL FITNESS?
Resiliency Fitness and our Personal Best determines our ability to Adapt and Adapt well. Prolonged crises increase the risk of trauma if insufficient Resiliency prevents a Personal Best:
- Failing to properly grieve a break-up, we may avoid future loving partnerships.
- Avoiding medical care may threaten a timely prognosis and lead to premature death.
- Difficulties in establishing intimate friendships may impede necessary happiness.
Endowed with a native inclination to solve problems, we need not await crises before we test our Personal Best. Resiliency and thriving take root in our conscious mind, lying dormant until we decide to cultivate them. At the very least we avert dysfunction; at the very best we invite prosperity. In a world that often hails winners over losers, where competition often pegs profit against loss, let us shift our consciousness to our Personal Best.
HEROES Resiliency Fitness Training guides the co-creative process of personal development that supports resiliency and thriving. I can facilitate your cultivation of Strength, Endurance, Power, and more through individual and group resiliency coaching—Co-Creative Transformation. Contact me, Vanessa Landau, Resiliency Coach,, and we will work together to invite your HEROISM!
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