Food for Thought

Will Smith, The Wise

Posted on April 5, 2010. Filed under: Food for Thought | Tags: , |

It’s one thing to be “talented,” to have never worked for something and be “good” at it. And it’s another to have such the hardest work ethic that you can’t help but succeed if you just will yourself to do it.

You think this came in a few seconds?

The one analogy I like is that you shouldn’t focus on building a wall, but focus on laying the best damn brick you perfectly can. It’s true that sometimes work ethic trumps natural talent, but even the hardest workers don’t just focus on working hard.

What one thing the hardest workers I’ve met do is focus on the right things and are so set on not only working hardest, but working perfectly…

“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.” -Michelangelo, 1475-1564, Painter, Sculptor and Architect

When you hear those that are most successful, you notice a certain obsession over the tiniest details. Sure they may not be the prettiest folks around, but they sure look at everything they can do to better what they must!

Would you consider yourself a hard worker? If you do, do you consider yourself not only working hard, but working towards perfection?

Food for Thought,

Darryl Lardizabal

Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Run This Slow, and You’d Die…

Posted on March 30, 2010. Filed under: Food for Thought | Tags: |

It’s funny, how many of us would laugh watching this video; but we must all remember that this is the sad state of affairs of our country and most of the world today. Laughing at this video, got me to think…How many people do I know have told me that could only WISH to jump that high, climb that rock, run that fast, or HELL even bend over to grab a to?

It’s sad to say I’d need more than my fingers and toes to count that much.

Look, the body is meant to move to thrive. You want a better life: LIVE IT, LOVE IT, and ENJOY IT. MOVE and be active, do something, anything…walk, run, play, be a kid again or relive your sporting days (but get into it the right way).

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but not many when it comes to thriving – just move. On the other hand, if you want to relive your sporting days, work towards it gradually. Remember you don’t move the same way anymore, and you wouldn’t expect a baby out of the womb to run out and leap for joy.

You’re back to being a baby, whether you like it or not. Work to it slow, or get to it faster by working with a coach who knows how to make you run FASTER and SAFER.

Darryl

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Bruce Lee in Training: Food for Thought

Posted on February 27, 2010. Filed under: Food for Thought | Tags: , , , , , , |

“Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality. To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.”

Bruce Lee, Did you know he was once Paralyzed?

Bruce Lee 1940-1973, Martial Artist, Actor and Author

Defeat starts and ends with YOU (not literally of course, it ends in a “T”):

Defeat within the Mind is nothing more than your own will creating a barrier for the goals you know you can complete. I often face this wall from time to time, but have come to realize that this border isn’t something I put up because I know I can’t do it and will fail, but because I might be scared of my true potential lying dormant within me. If I do what some may think is superhuman, than I have no excuses to anything else in my life that may face me.

It is for this reason that I think most people are willing to face defeat. Not because they are going to fall, but because they are scared of getting up when they face other things that may cause walls that they aren’t used to climbing.

Dan John: Snow didn't Stop Him, Sand didn't Stop Him, Iron didn't Stop Him.

For example: I’m used to facing the walls of a heavy weight staring right in front of me. A week out from reaching my goal of reaching the next heavy press, but am I used to facing the walls of helping out a stranger in need or waking up early in the morning to write one article that no one will read? Why help out a stranger when I may not receive any gratitude, why wake up in the morning when there won’t anyone to comment back?

It matters because training for weights is a metaphor for life – the metaphor that stands for heavy shit can lifted, thrown, pulled, pushed, dragged, and even heaved if you are willing to persevere past defeat and to glory. Life bogs us down with heavy shit all the time, but just like the iron, we CAN do with it whatever we so please…if we choose to face it.

Here’s a few simple steps for learning how to overcome things you normally don’t:

1. Write down what you have overcome in the past and present.

Ex. Lifting 88lbs overhead. Learning how to speak another language. Getting an “A” on a test.

2. Now think about to what you did to overcome those things in the past and present.

Ex. Program Minimum from ETK, Rosetta Stone language program 3x a week, Studying small bits of information everyday for 30 mins.

3. Write out how many times you “failed” before you finally reached your goal and how it felt when you finally succeeded.

Ex. 16 weeks, 1 year, 6 weeks. 100s and 100s of times, etc.

4. Find out if you can break what you are trying to overcome into smaller goals.

Ex. Can I press 88lbs overhead half way? Can I learn to speak basic sentences? What are parts of the subject I cannot understand?

5. Find out what was common out of all the things you overcame and how you can apply it to what you are trying to overcome presently.

Ex. Dedication, Perseverance, Constant Action, Repetition

Keep up the Training,

Darryl Lardizabal

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...