060 - a tried and tested principle to guarantee growth in life


"No man steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and not the same man"
- Heraclitus

There's something we've always pondered with what we do, and it's kinda like the chicken or the egg conundrum... what changes first; the body, or the mind?

Personally, I saw changes in my body which, in turn, brought about changes in my mindset. I have friends and acquaintances, however, who argue for the fact that their mind changed first, as it's what got them into training in the first place to begin changing their body

And it's one of the most rewarding and fulfiling things we get to experience with these phenomenally gifted kids we are blessed to help... it's that moment when their eyes widen and the roof comes of their head... it's the moment they begin to see their potentials and abilities, not their limitations... the moment when they achieve something with their body that they didn't think possible

You can see the "woah, what else can I do..." question tick over in their head. And it's one of the best feelings in the world

Fundamentally, they become different people. They're beginning to adopt a growth mindset. And that's one of the reasons we utilise physical training, it's a vehicle or a tool to help show them what they're truly capable of. The fact we get to better them as athletes and prepare them for this style of training in their future is the icing on the cake

It's a powerful concept to comprehend, and this picture may help to paint a better understanding for you...

Imagine we're working on pushups, and we've been going for a few weeks now. And one day, we manage to get 10 reps whereas last week we could only get 10.

Now, to many, this doesn't seem a huge deal. I can ONLY get 10 we say because 20+ is our goal, so we don't see anything in it...

And here's the beginning of the lightbulb beginning to go off... as the kids begin to REALISE THAT NOW THEY'RE NOT THE SAME PERSON FUNDAMENTALLY AS THEY WERE LAST WEEK. FUNDAMENTALLY, THEY'RE A DIFFERENT PERSON AS THEY CAN ACHIEVE MORE

And here's the real kicker: they begin to see how they can apply something, work hard on it, focus it and they have the ability to change the person they are...

And this belief then gets applied to school, to their friendships, to every other aspect of life. Grades begin to rise, friendships become stronger, confidence and self-belief increases - all because there was the ability to show tangible proof of progress and growth in life

It's a principle that you should adapt to all aspects of your life: when you apply yourself to something, work hard on it and focus, you have the ability to change who you are and what you're doing - always (it'll take time...)

So the question now becomes, what do you focus on, apply yourself too and work hard at? What end result do you desire where you need to fall in love with the process?


Actionable Tips + Questions:

  • What do you need to focus on, apply yourself too and work hard at?
  • What end result do you desire where you need to fall in love with the process?
Nick Maier