Jumping "Hurdles": Today's Resiliency Play of the Day

Jun 26, 2020

Have you ever watched an athlete leap over hurdles at a track and field meet? Though hurdles are often physical objects meant to challenge runners, hurdles can also describe something that slows us down in everyday life. In today’s Resiliency Play of the Day from the Ripken Playbook, you will learn how to better manage difficult and unexpected circumstances, to leap over these “hurdles” in your life so you can make better decisions in the future.

Jumping Hurdles 


Let’s Begin
Follow these steps and complete the Jumping Hurdles worksheet to help you overcome the hurdles in your life!

  • Step 1 -- Identify the Problem
    • Describe a problem you are facing right now. Hurdles often appear more manageable once they are broken down and written on paper.
  • Step 2 -- Create Options
    • Now that you can clearly see your hurdle, list three ways you can overcome it.
  • Step 3 -- Get Help
    • Is there a trusted adult, older sibling, or parent who can help you overcome your hurdle? List three people who can help! 
  • Step 4 -- Take Action 
    • How can you change your behavior to help you better overcome your hurdle?
  • Step 5 -- Believe in Change
    • On a scale of one to ten, how much do you believe that you will better overcome this hurdle in the future by changing your actions, reactions, or behavior?
  • Step 6: -- Jump Back Up
    • ​​​​​​​Don’t look back at the hurdle you just jumped, but stay focused on your future success moving forward.

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