Author: Jim Constable, J1Coaching

Whatever our levels of motivation when we enter an event – from fired up to scared to death – the chances are that, at some point, we are going to be faced with some tough questions:

  • Why am I doing this?!
  • Should it be this difficult?!
  • Can I keep going??!!

Keeping going, when it’s tough or after a setback, requires resilience.

And we all have that.

I believe we all have natural resilience to keep going but that we can also develop it further. Part of doing that, as Lucy Hone explains in her excellent TED talk about resilient people, is that resilient people know that if they are going to truly live a life, then at some point they will suffer.

If we are going to really stretch ourselves, put ourselves beyond our comfort zones and genuinely challenge ourselves, then we should expect it at some points to be tough.

All my work and learning on resilience has taught me that resilience has three parts:

  1. An ability to face the reality of the situation. So not seeing it through rose-tinted spectacles or passing it off. Know what you’re taking on and see the reality as it really is
  2. Deriving some learning or meaning from the situation you’re in. This might mean distancing yourself from it to get perspective – through your thoughts or by talking to someone else to get an external view
  3. Keep moving, hopefully forwards. As Churchill said: “when you’re going through hell, keep going”. Keeping moving means focusing on the next small target, focusing on what you can control and mustering all the confidence and self-belief you possibly can

You can use these three parts to build resilience during the tougher parts of your training as well as to build resilience during your event.

And all of the above will help you build resilience for life.

Jim Constable, J1Coaching

Get Help Achieving Your Goals

Whether you’re gearing up to take part in an event, looking for help dealing with the challenges of life or some support in setting and achieving targets – J1Coaching could just the answer you’re looking for.

To find out how you could be supported reaching your goals, contact Jim by emailing – – or head to the website today.

You may also be interested in...

Charity Event News
Run to Reduce Landmines in Zimbabwe this Christmas and Double your Fundraising Impact

On the 8th December, I’ll be getting into the spirit of Christmas by joining thousands of other runners at Victoria Park, London, to compete in…

Employee Engagement – How challenge events can change your workforce.

Do you work in a corporate company that is partnered with a chosen charity? Or is your company looking to raise a workplace culture that…

Charity Event News
Why a triathlon is the perfect event for you

In October we released details about our brand new 2019 event – The Big Lakes Challenge. This unique triathlon event covers 3 days and includes…