Workout of the Day–February 18, 2016
30 Deadlifts (275/185lbs)
Rest 2 minutes
30 Power cleans (155/115lbs)
“If you’re thinking about more than one thing, you’re thinking about too much.”
We spend our lives so full of information and intentions, that often we struggle to complete even our most important tasks. Our efforts are weakened when our energy is diffused in a hundred different directions. Sometimes we do this in an effort to get more done, but more often than not, this backfires. Either the quality of our work suffers, or worse yet, we end up feeling frustrated with nothing really to show for it. Below is an excerpt from one of my favorite authors, Lisbeth Darsh, on this very topic. I will leave you with her thoughts for today:
“Think about it. When you build a fire, you concentrate your efforts on one spot—one clump of tinder—not fifty blades of grass spread across a field. You try to get one spark to take hold on the tinder and burn long enough to ignite the kindling. But, sometimes, it feels in life like we’re trying to get fifty things firing at once, and no flame erupts, just a bunch of singular sparks that die out quickly. Wouldn’t we do better sometimes if we concentrated all our thoughtful effort on one thing at a time?
Like when you’re standing in the gym before your barbell or your kettlebell or whatever piece of equipment you’re about to handle, you probably have a million thoughts in your head. Among them:
- The lift
- How much weight is on the bar
- Where my feet should be
- Where I should place my hands
And also all that other stuff flying around my head:
- Did I lock my car?
- That project is overdue
- Oh, I have to deposit that check
- Is his cough the start of a bad cold?
- Do I have chalk on my ass?
- Call Mom.
- This bra itches.
- Are my pants on backwards?
So much thought, and yet the best thing most of us can do is leave most of it behind. Concentrate on one thing. Take our scattered attention and focus it. Think about one thing. Do it. Then think about the next. In order to succeed at anything (sports, nutrition, work, life, relationships, etc.), we have to quiet the riot inside our head, and to do that, often the simplest and most effective path can be to concentrate on one thing.”
If you like Lisbeth’s writing, you can read more of her writing at wordswithlisbeth.com.