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THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF WALL: HOW WILL YOU BREAK PAST YOURS?

Humans have built walls since we first came together in civilisation: to keep people out, to keep people in, to stop us in our tracks… but as the second wave of Covid-19 hits, we’re all colliding with a different kind of wall.
Humans have built walls since we first came together in civilisation: to keep people out, to keep people in, to stop us in our tracks… but as the second wave of Covid-19 hits, we’re all colliding with a different kind of wall.

THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF WALL: HOW WILL YOU BREAK PAST YOURS?

There are many kinds of wall. Some, like the Great Wall of China, were built to keep out invaders. Others, like The Berlin Wall, were built to keep people enclosed. Julius Caesar built a wall around his enemy, to hem them in and force them to engage. Some walls, like El Capitan in the Yosemite, exist in nature and present challenges to even the most accomplished mountaineers.

All of these walls have one thing in common: they are all physical.
There are physical walls that stand in our way

But there is another kind of wall: the wall of mental and physical fatigue that can cause runners and cyclists to fall out of races and is, increasingly affecting us in the world of work.

We are, many of us, hitting the Six Month Wall.

As the second wave of Covid-19 wreaks havoc on our way of life and restrictions become more and more complex, we are wondering where we are going to be able to draw energy from to take us through next few months.

We need to take stock. We need to recognise that in order to break through, go around, or climb over our Six Month Wall, we need to prepare ourselves for the kind of persistence and drive that we just don’t need in the good times.

Mental walls can be road blocks too

Martin Luther King put it so well:

We must keep moving. We must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.

Keep moving. That is the key. But when faced with the Six Month Wall, we need to be prepared and continually refresh ourselves.

This means taking care of our own wellbeing, because walls take energy to break down. And we don’t overcome them overnight. It means taking care of ourselves, so that we can then bring other people with us.

We need resilience to climb walls
In short, we need to build our resilience in order to overcome the Six Month Wall.

We’ve published a Resilience Workbook with five easy practices and tools to help you overcome the challenges of the Six Month Wall.

Download the workbook here, and join us on Wednesday at 11am for a webinar workshop to explore building your resilience to overcome the Six Month Wall.

Download Resilience Workbook

Join Resilience Webinar

On the webinar we will explore five practices to help you navigate uncertainty and break through the six month wall:

    • Exploring why we do what we do to connect with purpose
    • Reflecting on what we can celebrate to recharge our energy tanks
    • Being Kind (To Ourselves)
    • Letting go of what’s outside our control
    • Saying “Onward” to keep a positive mindset
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