After an amazing Testing Week and Fitness Training Camp it would be understandable to cool our jets and just chill.
If you were at the Camp, then you might remember this is called the Transition Phase. It happens after any major event or goal and it is where you are typically a little physically and even mentally fatigued.
We might not realize it; but we experience this multiple times throughout our lives.
This phase in my opinion is extremely powerful because you have two choices. You can easily choose to stall your momentum towards your next goal, or you can “spring board” and jump from one goal to the next.
Just think about this the next time you are contemplating a break. When you catch yourself doing so, shake your head and jump up and down ten times. Get your blood flowing and think about how great it felt to do something so amazing.
There are few things in life we can completely control. Putting one foot in front of the other is as easy as just doing it. Keep moving forward, keep progressing and keep CRUSHING those goals!!!
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not…” BRUCE LEE
This is a well used quote that gets a lot of traction everywhere. It pops up in of course martial arts; but if you search more you will see it in many professions and studies. That actually brings up my point. Taking it a step further and searching for this is the PERFECT example. Putting in enough time in anything you want to accomplish will make a difference. This is the only thing that is missing in this quote and can be misleading at times. You see, to truly understand quotes like these we need to see the context surrounding them. It is like taking a “macro” photo of a beautiful flower. The flower is in focus but the background is all blurry. This arrangement doesn’t really give you any idea of details about the flower. Where does it exist? Is it wild or in someone’s yard? This comes up in the movie Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee tells his young student to not focus on just his finger. If the student does, then he misses all that the finger points towards.
That takes me to the point my favorite English teacher in High School gave me. I read a lot of Bruce Lee material back then. He saw my drive, desire and passion in following Bruce Lee so he shared something really powerful with me. He said, if you want to really improve then you need to stop following Bruce Lee. I was like, “WHAT?” The next sentence that came out of his mouth changed my world! This saying or quote has been used by many philosophers throughout time…
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.” Basho
He said I should start looking at “why” Bruce Lee did what he did. Discover his direction and motivation. Then use that to fuel me towards my goals in everything.
You see very few things are great at face value. Only when we scratch more than the surface do we find the true meaning and result. If you don’t think so, then bite into an orange. Not so tasty. Now peel the orange. Super juicy and yummy.
After the holidays, it really does feel great to get back to some sort of “normalcy”. I use this “word” carefully though because Normality (or Normalcy) is the condition of being normal; the state of being usual, typical or expected.
This is some thin ice to walk on. If your normal, everyday routine doesn’t have you pushing for new levels… well then there could be a problem. The point is complacency kills us. How so?
Well complacency is a feeling of satisfaction with one’s achievements. It is making your way to a goal or accomplishment and just sitting back coasting after wards. This doesn’t make you any better. In fact, the more time between when you attain a goal and when you start working towards a new one can really destroy your momentum.
So what are we looking for then? I am looking to be content, not complacent. Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. I want to be happy. Do you? Your answer should be “YES!!!” of course.
So how do we progress and also be happy?
Your new goal is to find a way to make forward advancement your point of contention. This will not happen over night. There are going to be days you don’t want to do it; but… you MUST!
So find a way to get uncomfortable. Find a way to challenge yourself. Embrace the grind and get busy pushing yourself to be stronger, faster, smarter and healthier.
Let us know what we can do to help!
We like to take our family and get away from everything by going camping.
Recently, while camping our girls had made friends with a bunch of other kids. They were all hanging around playing at our site. I thought it would be a great idea to get the sling shot out and try to hit some cans.
They all tried and after missing three or four times; they were done. Realistically it makes sense. They don’t know what they are going to “win” from even just trying.
So first lesson is, always have a prize at the end of your challenge. Give yourself the reason and desire to fuel your dedication.
“When your WHY is strong enough, the HOW is simple.”
Now since they decided to take a “break” from it, my wife and I got to shoot.
We missed a few but coached each other to stay motivated. Pretty soon… we started to hear one of the coolest sounds ever…. “KNOCK!!!”. We hit the tree the can was on. We were giving each other high fives and celebrating. A few more “KNOCKS!!!” were met by the best sound in the universe. When you hear that “TING!!!”, you know you have hit it.
So the kids saw us having a good time and celebrating the misses almost as much as the “KNOCKS” and “TINGS”. They decided their “break” was over and they wanted to try again. They missed a few here and there and then all the sudden… “KNOCK!!!”. Literally all of them were so excited. A few more misses and “KNOCKS” later and one of them gets a “TING!!!”. This got them all very pumped and even the kids that kept missing were enjoying themselves.
How is this possible?
Well once they got passed the initial “what is in it for me” phase they grew as a unit. They saw that you could celebrate together as a team or family. When one of them hit it… they all hit. They also learned that the more times they tried the better they got. Pretty soon, it didn’t matter if they tried 20 times… all they needed was one “TING!!!” and it was worth it.
So the other lesson here is that anything you pick up can be an extension of your body. It can be a way to express yourself. You can learn any thing or do any thing you “want”. Just remember to be patient. You might not get it on your first, second or even third try. Just keep going!
Also, you must keep making small adjustments. Keep things simple and remember, “Little details equal big results.”
Most importantly remember that trying is greater than winning or hitting the target on any day.
Get out there and learn more, try more and you will do more!
The process alone will get you better at everything you do.