Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, February 25, 2015
There is a fine line between admiring and envying a person’s accomplishments. Though this line may be thin, the consequences of doing one or the other are significant.
It is important for us to learn to recognize which perspective we are taking when we observe someone more skillful than ourselves. A perfect place to practice this is in the gym.
Next time we are watching someone who is stronger and faster than us, let’s practice determining whether we are viewing them with the eyes of sincerity or with the eyes of defensiveness.
If we find ourselves jealous or feeling self-conscious, our perspective is rooted in the envy of the ego. If we find ourselves feeling inspired and motivated, our perspective is grounded and centered.
If our view is clouded by our own self-judgements and jealousies, there is something we can do to help us drop this defensive stance.
Let your guard down and go and ask this person for their advice in whatever skill you feel envious of.
By doing so, you will practice dropping your ego and instead of wasting your energy feeling jealous, you will be energized by your inspiration towards their success and motivated towards your own!
5 Heavy Back Squats