Building Resilience: Training Through Sickness

Jim Lunsford

Note: I wrote this yesterday but did not have a chance to post it.

Waking up today, I felt the onset of what seemed like a cold. Maybe it’s the real deal, or perhaps it’s just my body reacting to the dramatic weather shifts we’ve been experiencing. But here’s the reality—it doesn’t matter how I feel. I got up. I powered through my morning routine and geared up for my workout and a run. Why? Because this is where discipline comes into play.

When sickness tries to knock you down, it’s not just about battling the virus or the aches. It’s a test of your willpower. It’s about standing firm in the face of discomfort and doing what needs to be done. Sure, you might have to adjust your intensity. You might not hit those peak performance numbers, but that’s not the point. The point is to maintain the discipline that gets you out of bed, into your routine, and keeps you moving forward.

Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are. Even if your health isn’t 100%, you’re still lapping everyone who’s taken the day off. This isn’t about being reckless with your health—it’s about recognizing that mental strength plays a huge role in your physical recovery. It’s about understanding that discipline doesn’t take sick days. Discipline is what gets you through the sick days.

So, as I laced up my running shoes and set my sights on the day ahead, it was with the knowledge that I was doing more than just maintaining physical fitness. I was reinforcing the mental fortitude that’ll carry me through not just this minor illness but any challenge that life decides to throw my way. Remember, discipline is the difference between what you want now and what you want most. And what I want most is never to let a momentary setback keep me from pushing forward, evolving, and becoming stronger in every possible way.

In the grand scheme of things, a cold is a temporary discomfort. However, the discipline to push through it builds resilience that lasts a lifetime. Keep moving, keep pushing, and stay disciplined.

Author: Jim Lunsford

Jim Lunsford is a certified life coach, resilience advocate, and seasoned professional in both personal empowerment and criminal justice. With a history of overcoming personal struggles, including addiction and trauma, Jim draws from his life's challenges to guide others. His commitment is reflected in his roles at Resilience Unleashed Empowerment Services, where he empowers individuals to conquer their obstacles. A family man, community servant, and founder of a platform that transforms adversity into strength, Jim's mission is to inspire and nurture resilience within others​​.

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