Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Director of Sport Psychology
Hardiness can serve as a buffer and help protect you from the negative effects of stress. Let’s take a look at Karen MacNeill’s four C’s of hardiness: commitment, control, challenge and connection.
Commitmentinvolves being clear on your why and why you would want to endure when things become difficult.
Controlincludes focusing on things 100% in your control. We are in control of everything that happens inside of us such as effort, thoughts, mindset, attitudes, and behaviour.
Challenge means seeing things as an opportunity as opposed to a threat. What opportunity does this challenge present for growth and learning?
Connection requires you to identify the support that is best suited for this situation. The perception of support is important. Make sure you use the right person for the type of support you require.
As you embrace this challenging situation, use this as a time to develop your hardiness plan by reconnecting with your why, staying focused on what you can control, remembering what you are learning, and seeking out people who can help you be your best.
The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba acknowledges that our offices are situated on Treaty 1 Land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Ojibway-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The Treaties made on these territories are respected by all those who work at CSCM. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past that were made. In a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation, we dedicate ourselves to continually move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities for ongoing education and learning.
We understand that acknowledging this truth, though important, is only a small part in cultivating the strong relationships we strive to build and maintain with Indigenous communities. We continue to work towards this, with particular attention being paid to the sport specific calls to action #87-91 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We recognize we are not the first to live on this land, and thank these Nations for allowing us access to their land and water.