Camp F.I.T.T.: Mighty Minds 03/22 Day 16
"For they had learned that true safety was to be found in long previous training and not in eloquent exhortations uttered when they were going into action." - Thucydides
Okay, back to our thinking assignments…today’s it taken from this quote by Thucydides. Thucydides was an Athenian aristocrat who was in his late 20’s when the Peloponnesian war broke out in 424. He decided that he would write a history of the war as it unfolded, which he did a very good job at as evidenced by the fact that we are still quoting him today! At any rate, during this same time period as Athenians struggled for their independence, Thucydides saw how impressive human nature and life could be at their best, but also how rapidly both could degenerate under stress.
One of the things he noticed were those who were successful, who made it home from the battle fields had some very specific attributes. One of the things that he noticed was it was those who spent time off the battlefield preparing who returned day after day. He also noticed it was those reviewed what had happened during the previous engagements and tried to make improvements were also the ones returning home from the battlefields.
So how does this apply to us? I think if we can apply some of the lessons that Thucydides observed to our mindful practice of TTapp, we might be able to keep our bodies in motion just a little longer with just a little bit better form. John J. Bowman, Ph.D. in sports psychology, summed up some of the qualities that Thucydides observed as “The Three Crazy Rules for Psyching Up.” (Okay, okay, I know that we aren’t headed of to run a marathon or compete in a pentathlon, but I don’t know about you, but there are some times when I need some serious “psyching up” to do my TTapp for the day!)
Here are the three crazy rules: First, SOMETIMES UP MEANS DOWN. Second, DON'T GO TO PRACTICE, and third, THERE IS NO FAILURE, ONLY FEEDBACK.
You are probably sitting there scratching your pretty little head wondering how on earth these three rules apply to us so I am going to spend some time over the next couple of days exploring how these 3 crazy rules work for us, starting with the first crazy rule: SOMETIMES UP MEANS DOWN.
Sometimes we let our emotions get in the way of our mindful practice of TTapp. We let the stresses of the day get in the way of really paying attention to what we have set out to accomplish—mainly to heal ourselves and to build stronger bodies. Sometimes, especially with an activity the demands such mindful awareness as TTapp, “stepping up to the plate” mean quieting down our fears, concerns, worries.
I know that on the day when I am particularly stressed, the last thing I want to do is TTapp and I think it is because I know that I am going to have to pay attention, that I can’t be brainless about my workout (which I do enjoy on occasion, and when I want to do that I go the the gym and walk on the treadmill while my headphones and mind are tuned into CNN or FoxNews or MSNBC). What has helped me the most to get over this hump, to help myself “key up” for TTapping is to allow myself a few minutes to calm down—I will do a set of Hoe Downs and then go lay down for 10 minutes, or just do some stretching. Once my mind is more settled, I find that I am more able to focus on TTapp.
[u]Thinking Assignment o’the Day</u>
Have you guys had the same kinds of experiences with TTapp or am I the only one who really doesn’t want to do it on a stressful day, even though I know it is what I need more than anything? What kinds of things have you found that help to you get relaxed and focused on doing your workout? Do you have any tricks that help you get over that feeling of, “Gosh darn it, do I have to do this again today?” Take the time to write about what it is that you do or could do that would help you de-stress a little so that you are willing and able to do TTapp. If you want, share it here with us.
Much love and belief--
TTapp Trainer UTAH
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