Everything has a method. A technique. A formula that can be applied for greater effectiveness and efficiency. Whether you are learning how to breathe deeply in yoga practice, manage your posture as you run, close your fist to throw a punch, or adjust your grip for a perfect lift, it all involves a specific technique. This applies to areas besides physical fitness as well – there’s writing process that authors go through, a preparation process that chefs use … you get the picture.
As with all learning situations, people absorb and comprehend information in different ways. Some people see or hear something once and get it right away – like a musician who can play by ear. Others need to write down the info. Still others need to feel their way through the process.
I … well, I need to do all of the above!
When I was in school, I thought it was such a curse that things did not come easily to me. I had to read, reread, take notes, ask questions, research, and investigate before I finally understood something. Now, years and years later, I am relieved that I had to go through that struggle because it helped me learn how to work diligently and work hard.
Sometimes (many times) it was tedious – I won’t deny that, but the hard work always paid off.
As I work towards trying to improve my learning and involvement in every corner of my life, I realize that it might help me to get back to detective mode and start delving a bit deeper into my learning. I don’t just want to ‘do’ things. I want to understand the mechanics behind what I am doing and be able to work efficiently and effectively. I want to establish a firm foundation upon which I can build and progress.
This means not just eating certain foods because they are good for me, but actually understanding their benefits.
This means not just practicing a jiu-jitsu move, but also understanding the mechanics behind the technique.
This means not just blindly approaching something, but actually having a specific plan of attack.
Of course all of this takes time. I don’t want to spend so much time analyzing and studying that I don’t actually get anything done! As always, it’s about balance. Besides, sometimes you’ve just got to trust yourself and go for it without overthinking or overanalyzing. However, I found that setting a plan to refocus my training really helped me, so I want to see if a bit more of a intellectual approach to my practice will have a significant impact. .
I hope that by doing this, it will further stimulate me to push harder, make me a better teacher, coach, mentor, and teammate, and perhaps help others along the way as well.