In ‘Superbetter’ by Jane McGonigal, she discusses the idea of psychological flexibility, which is the courage to face and overcome the things that are hard for us.
We develop this flexibility in two phases. The first is to increase our awareness (through mindfulness) of the things that block our progress - we don’t try to ignore or avoid them, rather we accept them for the thoughts that they are. The second phase is to develop a flexible response - a toolkit of techniques, behaviours and strategies that we can use to overcome these obstacles.
It sounds simple. Simple but not easy. And simple but not easy is, for me, a sure sign that it’s an idea worth pursuing….