Mental resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to successfully adapt to the challenges of life in highly adverse situations. Which is something we have all had to endure during the coronavirus pandemic.
People are losing their jobs, being separated from their friends and family and forced to adapt to an entire new way of living. And to make things worse – it’s all because of something that is beyond our control.
We’ve all been setback so much during the course of the pandemic, there’s no two ways about it. However, with a little help from mindset and mental resilience I’m confident the comeback will be much greater.
I must confess, the idea of mental resilience isn’t something I’ve given a lot of thought to over the years. I’ve certainly never appreciated its contribution to some of my greatest achievements. That all changed very recently after Jesse Lingard signed for West Ham on loan until the end of the season.
Case study: Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard is an English professional football player. He’s spent the majority of his career at Manchester United and has 27 England caps – playing a key role in the Three Lion’s route to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup.
However, his career began to flatline in recent seasons, with many people labelling his career as finished. In all honesty I was unaware of what had happened to him. I just assumed Manchester United bought a player they saw as a better fit for the direction they wanted to travel in, such is the life of a footballer.
When his name was linked with a January loan move to West Ham – the club I support – I had a look into what happened. I couldn’t find the details but there were whispers of issues with his private life which affected him mentally.
I received endless messages from my friends once the move was confirmed, very few of which were people raving about how good a signing it was. Things like ‘Another typical West Ham signing – someone who was good four years ago.’ While others were questioning my sanity for being happy with the move.
Lingard has hit the ground running in a West Ham shirt. Scoring nine goals in his first ten appearances for the club and I, like every other Hammers fan in the world, wants his signing made permanent. He’s also been recalled to Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament this summer.
In my eyes Lingard is a prime example of why there should be more emphasis on developing mindset and mental resilience. The football world had written him off but he knew he still had so much to give. He’s a huge reason why West Ham are mounting a bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
Due to the success of his first ten games in a West Ham shirt the critics have been silenced. Manchester United fans want him back while paper talk suggests Europe’s elite are after his signature.
Seeing Lingard play football with a spring in his step and a smile on his face is awe inspiring. It’s also everything I want to achieve in life albeit my chances of playing in the Premier League are slim to nil.
Developing Mindset and Mental Resilience
I think we’ve become very disconnected from the emotional world. Too many people have an egocentric world view and belief that they are the centre of the universe.
These people fear the idea of personal change because they think they have to sacrifice something for it. It’s all about social media bragging rights and how many ‘likes’ they can pick up.
They don’t understand that mankind is at its best when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles. By doing that we can create a much happier world to live in. Instead of reducing the giving of praise to data on our smartphones.
I’ve been guilty of having that self-centred view in my life. I’ve been selfish, hard to work with – an arsehole at the end of the day. I knew things had to change, I knew this life wasn’t the one I wanted to live but I didn’t have the mindset to make the necessary changes.
Thankfully when the time came and I began to implement these changes I had the love and support of the people who mattered. Friends, family and my therapist.
We’re at our best when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes but when we help each other to grow, educate each other and guide one another towards redemption.
I’ve seen it in abundance this past year. From supporting each other through the pandemic to the support I received with NCTJ shorthand exams. With the support I received my mindset and mental resilience did the rest and carried me through all those challenges and continues to do so.
There is still so much we can all do to aid each others mindset and mental resilience but it all starts with being kind to one another.
2021 London Marathon
I’m running the 2021 London Marathon for Mind!
If you wish to donate or keep up to date with how my training and fundraising is going you can do so by following the links below.
Fundraising Page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JordanCamp
My blog post about the event
Mind Website: https://www.mind.org.uk