The Olympics and Paralympics have come to an end, with the past 6 weeks packed full of inspiring sporting events and great achievements by athletes striving to be the best. For the competitor who didn’t win medals at London 2012, the frustration and disappointment must now be put aside in order to prepare for the next competition, the next opportunity to shine.
Being able to ‘bounce back’ after a setback, to try again, to keep going when things get tough or don’t go according to plan are personal qualities we can all develop, and by doing so, can enhance or own sense of wellbeing. By choosing to adopt a positive attitude, by having a ‘can do’ approach and by seeing challenges as opportunities, we develop life-long coping mechanisms and personal resilience. Such resilience is especially evident in our Paralympians who have faced huge challenges, overcome adversity and taken positive actions in order to achieve the honour of representing their country at the highest level. The Collins Thesaurus states that the resilience of human beings involves Strength, Toughness, Adaptability and Hardiness. No matter what we hope to achieve or what challenges we face, these are personal qualities to which we can all aspire.
‘Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to congratulate Andy Murray on his sterling efforts in winning the US Open – another example of what being resilient can achieve!’