The Monday Mindset: Take New Avenues

Making a big life change is scary. It’s never going to be a smooth ride navigating away from the easy streets of our comfort zones into the streets of the unknown. What is scarier then new avenues is keeping the same path, driving through on cruise control, and never seeing one roadend another one begin. 


Last week we discussed how we all have a place in life where we begin to learn, grow, and make mistakes. In reality this process of making mistakes and learning from them is a circle that continues to show itself throughout life. How we work through these processes becomes paramount to any forward progress we want to make towards our aspirations, and in turn takes us down new and exciting avenues. 

Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. Without effort, you skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t. With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive.
— — Angela Duckworth


I recently ventured down a new avenue and out of my own comfort zone as a coach. I flew to London this year to take part in a Kinstretch certification. FRC (functional range conditioning) is a modality that I use in every program that I write. Injury happens at a joints end range of motion. By using joint articulation and increasing joint range of motion we decrease the risk of injury, chronic pain, while increasing strength and athletic performance. Kinstretch is a modality that allows me to implement FRC as a group setting allowing me to reach and treat more members cumulatively. 


I say a lot that coaching is a skill, but it is also something that comes naturally to me. I can coach in my sleep, but group classes are something that I have never ventured doing, and definitely not an avenue of comfort for myself. Still, I jumped the pond because I believe not only that I can do it, but it has been beneficial to everyone I have taught the past six months. Therefore, it’s worth taking steps forward that I am personally not comfortable with. It was required that I send a video in of me coaching a Kinstretch class to pass the certification — I did so. As I was not fully satisfied with the class I still passed. I just now that I can do better coaching the class, but I wouldn't have set myself up to know any better (learn, grow, make mistakes) if I hadn’t have turned off the cruise control —  or have ventured into the unknown. 



So don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown. Embarrass new avenues as much as possible — Including some Kinstretch classes. Kinstretch classes will be coming your way in September and the following months — I hope to see you there! Until then, it’s Monday and the arena awaits you! See you soon!