RESISTO DUNQUE SONO (I RESIST, THEREFORE I AM)
The FIFTEENTH EDITION of the book "I Resist, therefore I Am" is now available in bookstores.
Good news: Now, we know with certainty that human beings were designed to deal successfully with stress and difficulties. We are descended from people who survived an endless number of predators, wars, famines, migrations, illness and natural catastrophes.
We are built for living with daily stress. Within each one of us is a gift, a range of resources, inherited from our forbearers, which make-up our "resilience". And it's this resilience that is the norm for human beings, not frailty. Psychological resilience, or the ability to persist in pursuing challenging objectives helps us in dealing effectively with the difficulties that present themselves.
The resilient individual presents a series of unmistakable psychological characteristics: he/she is optimistic and tends to "read" negative events as temporary and limited; he/she believes to possess a wide margin of control on his/her own life as well as the surrounding environment; he/she is strongly motivated to achieve pre-established goals; he/she views change as a challenge and as an opportunity instead of a threat; when faced with defeat and frustrations he/she is capable of maintaining hope. The best news, however, is that resilience can be strengthened. We can learn to manage stress. The world of sport provides us with the perfect platform for promoting in a structured manner resilience, and can be used not only as a metaphor, but also as a discipline from which we transform methodologies and experiences.
"The ability to resist stress, to overcome obstacles and the remain motivated in following our objectives: this is "resilience". I found extremely interesting this idea that it's possible to construct, to train. And above all teach the new generations. If sport is needed to give something good to the youth, this could be the way. From the stories of champions of sport we can learn techniques and methodologies that can be incorporated into our lives-in school, work, aspects of daily life- the ability to be resilient. It is my wish. I think that in our world today there is much need for resilience."
From the preface of Cristian Zorzi
Gold medalist at the Torino 2006 Olimpic Games
"Trabucchi analyzes performances and careers of a series of people whom he knows personally or with whom he has worked; ranging from Olympic champions like Giorgio Di Centa and Christian Zorzi, to those whom the author defines as the four greatest Endurance athletes (Bruno Brunod, Roberto Ghidoni, Marco Olmo and Dawa Sherpa), to extraordinary champions of Disability Sports (like Fabrizio Macchi or Alberto Ceriani), to simple unknown amateurs. He ends by demonstrating that resilience is, above all, a cognitive problem connected to the way in which we perceive the events in our lives. He ends with three chapters that explain how to apply the tools and methodologies in order to improve personal resilience: in athletes, children, and at work."