The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he id never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Every fiber of his being, both his mind and body, was focused on one goal: to win quickly and absolutely. The ability to focus on winning is , of course, a common trait of great champions in sports and other endeavors. – – Samurai Strategies
Oh the Christmas Holiday has come and past and I hoped that everyone has had a great Holiday spending good time with family and friends. Now it is time to get back into the swing of things and to starting climbing the mountain once again. Two days off from working out will do your body good but I usually like to work myself back into working out slowly. Usually peaking with my hardest workout usually later in the week. Even still I did feel great coming into this workout with no aches or pains. Since the last workout I decided that I needed to increase my work speed on my workouts so now the minimum speed will be 10 mph. So now I will be moving a a 6 mile pace which in relative terms of speed its not really fast. Most people can run faster than 10mph but it is a matter of sustaining that speed which will be the goal. Since it is an increase I decided to cut my time down to 30mins and work my way back to 60 mins. Stretching and mobility work is the same I am still on working on hip and ankle mobility along with shoulder and thoracic spine mobility. I definitely feel that it is helping me become more limber. I haven’t had any aches and pains and I feel good overall. Lifting I decided it was time to switch up some exercise in my work to make me more explosive.
Aerobic work 30 mins
Work 1 min @ 10mph
Rest 1 min @ 10mph
Stretching and Mobility 20 mins
Hang cleans 5 x 5
Walking Lunges 3 x 20( 10 each leg)
Box Jumps 3 x 5
Cable pull SLDL 3 x 8(each leg)
Dumbbell Bench Press 4 x 6 (each arm)
L- Pull ups 4 x 6
Back Extension w/ Rear deltoid raise 3 x 8
Anti-rotation T bar 3 x 10
Sit ups w/ antirotation 3 x 20
Total Time 120 mins
One of the more popular axioms of the samurai reminded them to treat great things casually and small things seriously- – as if their life depended on these details. Musashi emphasized that paying attention to small details was one of the most critical aspects of winning any battle, or succeeding in any enterprise – – Samurai Strategies.
Now when I read that quote today it really stuck with me this morning. It wasn’t the first time that I have heard the quote but It was good to read it again. Always pay attention to the details. Remember it is not about what you do it is how you do it. Doing assignments, sticking to diets, or just following instructions it is very important to that all the little things are aligned. Like in the quote above not paying attention to the details can make a huge difference between success and failure. I remember when I first began playing college basketball our coach used to hand us scouting reports on the opposing teams players giving us a breakdown. My first year I did not read or I would skim through the notes. Cause of that I would get beat by a player or wouldn’t know who the shooters were on the other team. It probably contributed to why I got less and less playing time as that year went on. After that year I learned to pay more attention to detail with the scouting reports. From then on I became a better defender because I knew people’s tendencies and new how to counter and take away what they wanted to do. I had to learn the lesson the hard way. Hope fully some people reading this post can learn something from my mistake.
Remember that man created method and not that method created man, and do not strain yourself in twisting into someone’s preconceived pattern, which unquestionably would be appropriate for him, but not necessarily for you….. In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. Everybody has to think for himself. A right way for big man may not be a right way for a small man. A right way for someone who is slow may not be a right way for someone who is quick. Each person must understand his weaknesses and his strengths
Tuesday was a light day consisting of shooting the basketball going through basketball drills some days I like to mix it up and not do the same thing day in and day out. So after playing a little basketball I went on to do some major stretching and foam rolling. It is very important to keep your muscles and tendons limber. Unfortunately I haven’t found and article supporting that being flexible decreases your chances of injury. but I am still early in my reading and research.
Basketball shooting drills 15 mins
Eliptical 20 mins
20 secs( work)
10 secs ( rest)
Stretching and Foam rolling 20 mins
Steam Room 10 mins
( break up mucus from the cold)
Total time 65 mins
Motivation that is a word that I have heard in my career a lot. You can tell a person all the information in the world and give great examples you people who have applied these teachings and their lives have improved and yet these people will not change. I have found personally that I am spending more time and energy in finding ways to motivate them in to a new life style. With the people I am working with I know that good eating habits and exercise will benefit them greatly. That is a later topic. Now I will speak for myself I am a very internally motivated person I like to push myself and see how far I can go physically and mentally. When I accomplish a new goal I feel great that I was able to complete the challenge. Not everyone in life is not internally motivated. Some people are motivated by external rewards. External rewards can be recognition, money, women(or men) or some sort of material prize.
Now there are days where I don’t feel motivated. So what do I do to get me back on the ball again. Well some days I will reading a new article that talks about a new exercise or program and that will get me going again. I will sometimes go on youtube and watch an inspirational video, or a montage of people performing outstanding feats. When I see other people working hard to try to improve themselves it really lights a fire under me. I have been raised to be a very competitive person. So when I see someone working hard I know that I must work harder than them to prepare myself. I always pride myself on effort. If you ever saw me play my game wasn’t the nicest or flashest. I was a work horse he would duck his head down and do all I could to help me team win. Now for me it worked I was highly motivated to do those types of things. Every one is not going to motivated to do those things it is important to find out what motivates you in life and to use that to keep the fuel added to your own fire. The more you keep yourself motivated and working in the right direction the closer you will become to accomplishing your goals. Even after you’ve accomplish your goals you will still be motivated to master your craft and go far beyond your goal.