I’ve taken up boxing. This is me practicing my jab.

Let me be clear about something. In no way do I have any intention of fighting for real. I took up boxing for three reasons:

1) because it’s a heck of a workout and I tend to shy away from intense cardio activity
2) because it challenges and balances my brain, and
3) because it pushes me to be my strongest, most capable, resilient self.

You might actually see me laughing during these workouts — at myself and my own clumsiness and poor coordination. Even so, I take these workouts seriously and appreciate the lessons borne from trying something new that pushes me way beyond my comfort zone physically and mentally.

There is no straight line to a strong self. There is only the persistent work of showing up and being resilient. 

Take time to summon your strength every day and especially during periods of stress.

What you do doesn’t matter so much as what you think. Here are three questions to help you activate your resilience. 

  1. In what ways might you be feeling defeated? Or challenged? Or just tired? 
  2. What is preventing you from moving forward with greater clarity and strength? 
  3. What can you do to ignite your own power?

Remember to think in terms of small wins. Go for it!

 

 

 

 

Nancy Sharp

Award-winning author Nancy Sharp is a master of resilience and making bold change. As a top motivational speaker, she presents to corporations and organizations on resilience, change, and overcoming adversity. Nancy holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and authored the bestselling memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, recipient of eight literary awards, and a newer book for children and families called Because the Sky is Everywhere. Nancy is widely published in national media and lives in Denver, CO (how she got there is a story of resilience) along with her husband Steve, their four children, and adorable Havanese puppy Levi.
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