Adventure racer Jason Magness attests that certain wilderness survival skills are applicable to the everyman, too. You might not be faced with extreme physical stress or life-threatening conditions, but these tips will serve you just the same should you need to overcome adversity.
Tips on Overcoming Mental and Physical Adversity
1. Lean Into Discomfort
â€śOnce you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you open up your possibilities,â€ť Magness says. â€śOften we react too early and rob ourselves of an opportunity to grow and adapt.â€ť Instead of quitting and reacting rashly, give yourself a block of timeâ€”like 24 hoursâ€”to process if youâ€™re really hitting your limit, or if you can persevere. The time period itself is arbitrary. It just acts as a structured mechanism to allow your mind and body to process the circumstances and determine your limits.
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2. Celebrate Small Successes
â€śYou have to see yourself winning,â€ť Magness says. When he does group adventure races, he and his team set tiny goals so they have a steady stream of successes. If you drop out when things get hard, you set a neurological pattern. But if your default is to hone in on small checkpoints, then that makes a daunting project, situation, or event seem doable. It becomes a driving mental force that makes you unstoppable. With each new accomplishment, you set the expectation that youâ€™ll find a way to finish the overall endeavor.
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3. Write Your Own Epic
In any heroâ€™s tale, people overcome overwhelming odds. Look at obstacles as part of your character development. â€śWhen I survive something, I let it become larger than life in my mind. Those are the moments you want to imprint on your soul. Itâ€™s empowering to choose your own narrative.â€ť You can go over a mountain or around a mountain, but no matter the outcome you keep moving forward.â€ť