“A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances,
but his circumstances will carve him out as well.” ―Frederick Douglass
A couple weekends ago I took part in an 100-mile off-road bike race stretching across the desert of western Colorado into Utah. I came into the race hopeful for a strong result, but knowing it was unlikely given the prior three days of travel, revelry, and little sleep involved with celebrating our youngest son’s collegiate graduation.
When the race hit the gravel roads the group surged ahead and my heart rate soared to near its maximum, even as the effort was modest given what I’ve done before. I had no choice but to back off the pace and let the lead group, then the second group, and then the third group ride away up the road.
I had a choice to make. Turn around and ride back to the start dejected that my body was not able to compete that day. Or adapt to the reality of the consequences of (over) celebrating with my family and treat it as a long training ride rather than a race.
I adapted. And in the process, I gave my body the opportunity to adapt to the physical rigors of a long, hot and dusty event. The physical adaptations will make me stronger for events later in the year. I also gave my mind the opportunity to adapt to a difficult situation and find an alternative way of approaching it. Those mental adaptations help me continue to build resilience and flexibility in the face of adversity.
The Transformative Power of Adaptation
Physical challenges create physical adaptation. Just like a sculptor molding clay, our bodies undergo remarkable transformations when faced with these challenges. Muscles grow stronger, endurance increases, and overall physical performance improves. It is through these physical adaptations that we realize the true strength and potential that lies within us.
While physical adaptation is vital, mental adaptation is equally significant in our journey towards personal growth and success. Life presents us with a multitude of obstacles and setbacks, requiring us to adapt our mindset and approach. Developing mental flexibility allows us to navigate these challenges with grace and resilience, enabling us to overcome adversity and thrive in the face of uncertainty.
Once we understand the transformative power of both physical and mental adaptation, how can we incorporate them in our daily lives? Here are a few tips to guide you on your path to personal success:
• Embrace Change: Instead of resisting change, welcome it with open arms. Life’s ever-changing nature offers us opportunities for growth and discovery. Seek new experiences, step outside your comfort zone, and face the unknown.
• Embrace Failure: Failure is not a destination but merely a steppingstone on the road to success. Use it as an opportunity to learn, adjust, and grow. Failure is not a reflection of your abilities but a catalyst for improvement.
• Cultivate Resilience: Resilience is the fuel that propels us forward. Enhance your resilience by building a strong support system, practicing self-care, and developing a positive mindset.
Dogma Athletica June Member of the Month – Don Welch