Athletic Performance: Relax and Get with the Program

Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.
— Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Written by Jason Harrell

We speak of focus, commitment, positive imagery, and mental strength so very often in the fitness industry. Today, focus on family and the loved ones you’ve chosen to spend your holiday with. Commit to them by being present, and not worrying about the hustle. Find mental strength in brushing off the irrelevant details of our holiday travels and adventures. The positivity of the holiday season will come to you as it should. 


The funny thing about worry at this time of year is that it is usually self-inflicted. If we are not careful, worry can become a way of reacting to everyday life events as well as major ones. To get the better of worry, we have to learn to save it forthe times when it is really warrantedand not use it as a one-size-fits-all approach to everything in life. We can only control our lives up to a limit, and its important to know where that limit lies. This is as true in strength training as it is in life, and the lessons we learn through our training - practice, focus, commitment, mental fortitude, positive imagery - can flow over into our day-to-day lives. We can’t control why our swing doesn’t feel fluid, why our pushup seems more difficult, or why the barbell is heavier than it should feel. But we can brush it off, focus, learn form it, and commit to coming back in the next time ready make it better. When we become less prone to worry, we become more confident, and begin to believe in ourselves everyday.

As we are preparing to spend time with our loved ones this holiday, finishing up the final hours of work, packing, traveling, wrapping--crunched for time--try and remember that we cannot worry about we cannot control. It’s Ironic, right now most of us are just worried about whether or not we have everything put together before we “relax” for the holiday. So as we keep the hustle button pushed down: relax.   


Strength is a journey. Happy holidays! 

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