Ben Burch, co-founder of Proverb, is ex Oxford Rowing President (The Boat Race), and GB rowing team. As part of his intensive training regime he was coached in the power of the mind by Chris Shambrook. Chris is founder of The Performance Room. Proverb will be joining with The Performance Room to give you insight and inspiration which helps you think, prepare and perform like athletes.
Proverb Mind - Are you ready to be resilient by The Performance Room
Resilience. It’s seen as essential quality in today’s society. And according to the many resilience gurus out there, it’s all about bouncing back from setbacks.
The Performance Room have a different understanding and reality of resilience. It’s one that’s come from our work with the world’s best and it’s a view and approach that’s shared by elite performers, irrespective of their performance arena.
What goes on
Resilience has become the buzzword in the corporate arena – it’s actually become a bit of a buzzword in modern life. We hear about businesses needing to grow their resilience in a competitive market, to develop resilience in their people and for their leaders to demonstrate great resilience in challenging times.
Resilience is often talked about and understood as the ability to bounce back. It’s the capacity to recover from setbacks, to pick yourself up from the gutter and deal with things well when the shit hits the fan. Resilience training and advice tends to be about getting better at coping or responding quickly to cope, in face of disaster. Which is all very well, but doesn’t seem particularly positive or pro-active to us. Most importantly, it’s a bit different to how the worlds best performers that we’ve worked with, view and work on their resilience. To them, resilience isn’t about a response. It’s about a state of readiness. Are you ready?
Five Performance Truths
- Resilience is about being ready for the challenges and conditions you’re likely to face. So understanding what you need to be resilient for – what’s coming up, what’s likely to happen, what could happen – is pretty important.
- Resilience isn’t something you have or haven’t got. It ain’t a trait or personality characteristic. It’s a skill, a learned ability or developed quality.
- There’s lots of ingredients that go into your resilience readiness. The most important of these are your physical energy and your mindset – and they impact each other. Don’t ignore how your physical state affects your mindset!
- The best in the world work on their resilience proactively. They pre-empt and are ready for challenge and know what mindset, physical energy, skills, tactics and support they’ll need when they have to step up. They don’t wait for ‘the shit to hit the fan’. They expect and are ready for the shit!
- Your resilience is your choice. Work on it consistently and with discipline. Just like the worlds best.
Three things to do
- Think differently about resilience (if you need to). Start seeing resilience as something you can build and work on – if you want to be more resiliently ready, you can be. Choose a proactive mindset.
- Understand what you need to be resilient for – the demands you face in the environment you’re in. Build a picture of the resilience qualities you’ll need and your optimal physical and mental state to be ready.
- Start to create a resilience recipe – the critical things you’d regularly be doing to ensure you’re high in resilience. Some are likely to be things you’re already doing; there may be some other things in there that you don’t do but know will be helpful. Then start practicing doing these, with discipline, regularity and consistency!
"At Proverb we strongly believe that to reach your peak performance you need to engage body and mind, following the above advice from The Performance Room will build resilience and help to maxmise your performance" Ben Burch, founder Proverb.
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