Monday, February 26, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
The Flow of Next
This pursuit of flow in our lives is the mystery of our need to be our best and experience life as we think it should or could be and the emotions of winning that go with it. Many of us think that only the very few that can experience flow and live a high performance life, but flow surprisingly happens to us all in our lives in snippets we don’t recognize. We all have the capacity to access flow, mastery of flow just like many other aspect of life and requires the rigorous practice of these triggers to perform at very high levels. What is possible in athletics today is light years ahead of just a few decades ago, the evolution has been more psychological than physiological thanks in large part to the pursuit of flow. We have a whole new generation who understand the power of flow and have pursued it earnestly so that new and higher levels of everything will be part of the way our culture evolves. With a very strong correlation between mental rehearsal (visualization) and better performance it impacts every aspect of our lives from making a speech to running a business. Studies show a 35% increase in strength with visualization techniques, it’s real and it impacts a host of cognitive processes – motor control, memory, attention, perception, planning – essentially accelerating chunking (grouping patterns for quick learning) by shortening the time it takes to learn new patterns. All this means that learning the impossible is possible enhances our ability to see ourselves doing the impossible, which triggers a systemic change in the body and brain that can close the gap between fantasy and reality for us. Making the impossible possible! Who ever thought before it happened that anyone could run a sub 4:00 mile until Roger Bannister did it in 1954? What next is a whole new generation that understands the power of flow and make it part of their evolution that helps propel our society forward at an accelerated rate. It has happened for centuries by those willing to take the risk. The last 50 years have brought truly seemingly impossible innovation and technology to the market and changed the world faster than we can cognitively keep up. At world class athlete level the difference in talent is marginal, 90% of the success of these elite athletes is mental. What is your impossible dream? It is actually possible if you can change how you think about it.
“There is an extremely tight link between our visual system and our physiology. Once we can actually visualize ourselves doing something thought to be previously impossible, our chance of pulling it off increase significantly.” Edmund Jacobson Harvard Physiologist
Read more…17 Flow Triggers
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: 5 HR Training Zones – Zone 1
Very light, 50-60%
Benefits: improves overall health and helps recovery
Feels like: very easy for muscles and breathing
Recommended for: weight management, active recovery
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Beachbody Nutrition Tip: What are the Food Rules?
Food Rules distills our current body of wisdom into sixty-four simple rules for eating healthily and happily. The rules are framed in terms of culture rather than science, though in many cases science has confirmed what culture has long known; not surprisingly, these two different vocabularies, or ways of knowing, often come to the same conclusion. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
“We don’t see the world as the world is, we see it the way we are.” Dr. Stephen Covey