Comptrain (the daily Crossfit training guide) sent out an email today with the headline “Resilience: The Success X Factor.”
This excerpt was particularly meaningful:
When situations unravel, resilient people can muddle through, imagining possibilities where others are confounded.
My takeaway from the email was to ask myself the following questions when I’m in a situation I perceive as challenging:
What are the opportunities?
And what are you learning?
Here are some situations I face that make me feel lousy:
- Had a “bad” interview
- Not feeling like I am making enough
- Feeling like I am not advancing career wise
- A bad workout (meaning not feeling fit enough)
- Not lifting the weight you want to lift
- Stressed about driving (this one may take more to resolve 🙂 )
These two questions feel especially helpful with my current job situation. I feel stuck. I feel like a pivot may be necessary and I am not quite sure what that will look like. So instead of feeling helpless and miserable it is encouraging to think of the ways that I can a) see this as an opportunity and b) take some time to think about what I am learning from this situation.
In reality I am very fortunate. I have more than enough money to meet my needs, while being able to contribute in small ways to helping others. I love investing and am able to do so. I have a place to live. I have a car. I have a loving partner. I have my family. I have my friends. I have my two cats. I have a formal education. I have the ability to improve.
So what’s next?
I am not sure, but I know I will be okay. Eventually.