In this episode, the Rewire team chat with Laura Kline about how she has built a resilient mind and how it helps her when performing at all levels from in training to on the world stage. Laura Kline has achieved national and international success in Triathlon, Ultra Running and Duathlon, a sport in which she became a World Champion.
Stoicism is an ancient school of thought founded by Zeno of Citium. Stoic Philosophy teaches that the path to eudaimonia (or happiness) is found through controlling the controllable and accepting the uncontrollable as they happen; living with Areté (or excellence/moral virtue), and by taking responsibility. Try to use these stoic quotes as an anchor on your journey towards mental toughness.
Write down these stoic quotes somewhere that you can see and keep reminding yourself of them as you work on developing your mental toughness.
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“I always believed. And when you do that, life can get unbelievable.”Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill was born on 28th January 1986. With both her parents competing in youth athletics, she was destined to be introduced to the sport. She took to the sport straight away and joined her local athletics club aged 11. At 13, she was introduced to Toni Micheillo, who would go on to coach her through her career.
Ennis-Hill had a highly successful junior career, establishing herself as one of Britain’s top up and coming athletes, taking the indoor pentathlon and outdoor 100m hurdles title at the 2003 AAA U20 Championships, and taking part in World, European and Commonwealth Youth Games.
Leading up the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Ennis-Hill had an injury that threatened her whole career. She broke bones in her right foot, forcing her out of the Olympics that year. However, with determination, she was able to return the next year to win gold in the heptathlon at the World Championships. Over the next few years she won two more World Titles and another European title, but what Ennis-Hill will be best remembered for is her gold at her home Olympics in London 2012.
In 2013, Ennis-Hill married, and a year later gave birth to a baby boy – Reggie. Just 15 months later Ennis-Hill was back at full fitness and competing for more titles, winning the heptathlon world title in Beijing. Then at Rio 2016, Ennis-Hill achieved a silver medal, finishing her career in the perfect way! Ennis-Hill has equalled Carolina Klüft’s record for World Championships won (3) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s record for Global Multievent Titles (5).
Jessica Ennis-Hill shows us that with determination anything is possible. In recognition of what she has achieved the Queen awarded Jessica a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2017 for services to athletics. Jessica Ennis-Hill is our Rewire Hero of the Week.
“The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.”Jessica Ennis-Hill
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“I learn something new every game. Every game is always different, no matter how you try and think about it beforehand”.Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has achieved a lot for someone so young. At the age of 23, he is a professional footballer and philanthropist who has earned widespread praise as a talented player on the pitch for both England and Manchester United, and for his work off the pitch as a passionate and effective campaigner for social justice and child food poverty.
Marcus Rashford was born on 31 October 1997 in Manchester, England, and was brought up by his working-class mother, a single parent who worked long hours in three different jobs to feed her five children. But that wasn’t enough and the family had to rely on free school meals, food banks, soup kitchens and the kind actions of neighbours and friends.
Life changed for Marcus at the age of 11 when his mother managed to persuade Manchester United’s academy to allow him to join its youth training programme a year early in order to make sure he was eating properly. The programme provided food, accommodation and schooling close to the academy’s training facilities.
At the age of 18, Rashford scored a goal in his first team debut for Manchester United and, three months later, he became the youngest English footballer to score in his first senior international match. In his short career, Rashford has made 162 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 51 goals and assisting in another 26, and earned 40 caps playing internationally for England, scoring a further 11 goals. He has been compared by several pundits to Cristiano Ronaldo; indeed, Ronaldo himself said “Marcus Rashford reminds me of me”.
Off the pitch, Rashford has successfully leveraged his fame and social media, where he currently has 21.8m followers, to highlight social injustice by referencing his own experiences without anger or bitterness or attacking politicians. He said “I don’t have the education of a politician … but I have a social education having lived through this and having spent time with the families and children most affected. These children matter … and as long as they don’t have a voice they will have mine”.
In June 2020, he wrote an impassioned open letter to all UK Members of Parliament which resulted in the UK Government pledging £120m for a Covid-19 summer food fund for 1.3m pupils. Later in the year, he persuaded the Government to extend the food programme to support vulnerable families which has resulted in an additional £170m fund. Marcus has also helped to raise £20m for FareShare, a charity that collects and distributes surplus food.
In recognition of what he has achieved the Queen awarded Marcus an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in October 2020 for services to vulnerable children in the UK during Covid-19.
Marcus Rashford is our Rewire Hero of the Week.
“Only stay in competition with yourself … everyone’s journey is different”Marcus Rashford
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