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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Conditioning...

I feel mentally like I felt at times physically in High School. Specifically during pre-season two-a-days when we undertook crazy conditioning drills to get ourselves into shape to play football.

I remember Green Bay Grass Drills. Sprints of increasing yards. Mile runs. Leglifts. I remember it all.

I remember conditioning in Lancaster with Joe Wendler last time I lost all of this stuff on my gut. I hated it at the time but I remember how I felt when my body was my slave, doing what I commanded it to do because it was in shape more or less. Able to do what I needed it to do.

And while I need to do the physical, I have been mentally preparing myself lately for challenges. For doing things which are just a bit outside the comfort zone of complacency. For doing some things which will require me to reinvent on the fly and to become more than I am - and more than I think I can be - so that in the end, I can be what I'm supposed to be.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, I've been studying challenges. And leaders who have overcome amazing odds to defeat challenges which to you and I might seem either insignificant or might seem daunting. And in these studies I am finding that the strength to overcome is inside each of us as it is in me. All we need to do... is condition it.

So back to the mental wind-sprints I go. I'm looking forward to making even more people go "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???" as the days and weeks ahead present themselves...

:)

Colin Powell was right. "Don't be afraid to challenge the pros. Even in their own backyard..."

The thing is, in this case, I used to share that backyard and they were neighbors.

Someone else was right, too, when he said "GOMF..."

Gotta go run some mental laps now. Talk soon...

-t.