Anyone who was interested in last year’s London Olympics or in competitive cycling may be familiar with Sir David “Dave” Brailsford, British Cycling’s performance director and Team Sky principal. This is not a biopic of the man, but more a celebration of his ethos for a winning mentality and how we can transfer his formula for success to fighting depression.
I was reminded of his strategy by Sally, who applies the 10% rule to her recovery programme. I hope she doesn’t mind but I have included her thoughts here;
“The thought of getting better totally can just feel completely overwhelming, unrealistic and impossible.
But if I set myself the task of just feeling 10% better that somehow feels achievable – and is something to celebrate when you manage it.
10% is better than nothing … and all of those 10%s eventually add up…”
After GB’s amazing success in the Velodrome in 2012 Brailsford was quoted as follows;
“It was attention to detail that gave us the advantage over the other teams. We considered everything, even the smallest improvements, to give us a competitive edge. It was the accumulation of these small details that made us unbeatable.”
This is what is known as the aggregation of marginal gains and you should never underestimate the power of small changes. Each and every small improvement adds up to a large impact and this is a great way to approach the changes which I am having to make whilst fighting my latest depression.
I will be making those changes, slowly but surely with the help of my GP, friends, family and colleagues and I will need a lot of help to keep me on track. My natural instinct is to be active and involved 24/7 but I need to rein in these tendencies and develop a calmer, more controlled way of life.
Mmm…..now that’s what I call a challenge.