The Hinge Moment of The Coronavirus Crisis
Every door has a hinge! A door without a hinge is a wall, it just doesn’t work!
When you hear of doors opening or closing in life, it is because of the hinge. If you ever hear a rusty door, it’s not the door that’s rusty at all, it’s the hinge that’s rusty!
Small hinges open big doors!
In our own lives, the hinge connects who we are with who we are going to become!
If you look at any important game or close competition, it came down to that one play that made all of the difference. In our own lives, there was one person who made such an impact on our lives. If we reflect, one decision connected us to who we would become.
The Importance of Mental Toughness is that no matter how bad our situation, how bleak an outcome looks, it only takes one!!
One person, moment, or decision.
Now there will be many significant moments and they are not always evident when they occur. Sometimes we don’t know (and can’t know) the impact of that one moment or person until weeks, months or years later!
We can’t connect the dots looking forward, we can only connect the dots looking backward!
Except, tragedies that happen in our lives become an immediate hinge moment. Most of life’s setbacks are inconveniences, but tragedies such as the death of a loved one, cancer, or serious accidents are immediate because, from that moment on, everything is different.
The coronavirus crisis is a Hinge Moment.
Now, we can’t know the impact of this Coronavirus situation, but what we do know is that things are, and will be, different.
Here’s how to respond to this external crisis
There is fear, uncertainty, and a severe lack of control. The veil of control that we think we have has been lowered. We are not in control and now we are required to deal, handle, and cope with the adversity!
This timestamp of life will reveal our level of grit, determination, resiliency, and mental toughness.
Simple question- does this hinge moment become a time of staying bitter or getting better?
Rome was not built in a day, but it was not destroyed in a day either!
It is a slow fade that takes place.
NOW, becomes an either /or period in our lives!
We use an excuse to not work-out or train. We cop out by blaming the external for our plight. We stay angry and lash out. We criticize anybody or anything that messes with how we see the world and the Coronavirus situation. We isolate. We remain fearful and anxious.
We set up a routine for our daily lives. We write out one area of our life that we want to focus on. We stay connected with others through texting, Facebook, or calls. We marinate our own mind with mental toughness! We double down on our training. We attack a 30-day challenge! We master the simple! We focus on others because it gets us outside of our own head.
There is no easy way out. There is no short-cut. Most people will stop, complain, and eventually quit.
But NOT YOU!
Make the choice to prepare and get better. It will pay-off! We just don’t know when that pay off will happen. Life pays us off when IT wants to, not when WE want it to!
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates coach executives and professional athletes and is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included three winners on the PGA Tour, Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens.
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