Life would be great if it were a straight line from start to great finish. As we all know it doesn’t exactly go like that. It’s usually a zig-zag between two steps forward and one step back even for the most profoundly prolific people.
Tiger Woods has lost more than he’s won. A baseball player is considered phenomenal if they get to first base every third time. We seldom see down periods in other’s lives and often only focus on our rough patches despite having mostly positive days.
There are periods in most people’s lives when a difficult stretch extends way beyond what could have been anticipated.
During such times minds can quickly turn from future to questioning if our best accomplishments are behind us. One might wonder if it’s even possible to get to back to peak performance, let alone get better.
I knew an athlete who had a significant injury and despite his best effort to return to competition it was arduously slow from his perspective. His mind went from vigilant compliance with his rehabilitation to massive frustration and fear that he would never get back to his pre-injury function. His perceived progress didn’t match his expectations and efforts, so he started looking for magic potions and sorcerers to short cut his return.
As anticipated his recovery stalled as the push to return sooner strained the injury and blocked further progress. He started to panic further, fearing he wouldn’t get back to full performance and that only postponed his progress more.
He sought my advice and I told him a couple of things. The first two items I list are obvious and included for completeness on his recovery. But, the third item is what I’d like you to continually remind yourself of:
When we’re in that illusionary state of being its critical to stick with the evidence of what we’ve done in the past as the indicator of what’s possible in the future. The only way we won’t get back to better is if we rush to get to where we want to go too quickly or start to act on the misassumption that our best work is behind us.
That’s what I told the athlete. In addition, I also told him that this was at the very least as much a part of his rehabilitation as the exercises he was doing.
When he went on to make the Olympic team he broke down in tears realizing that he was OK, both physically and mentally. He was capable, and his capability never left him. It was his perception of self that created his angst.
What did keep him in the game, during those times of self-doubt to have a full recovery and make the Olympic team, was his self-belief that came from being mindful of his past success showing his competency.
I was overjoyed for him when he won an Olympic Gold Medal.
Belief in self when the evidence is there is skill that works magic. To work its magic that skill must be practiced daily as it doesn’t self-perpetuate.
Never leave home without it.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.