A forgot to mention Beavers Won GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, after they woke up, the Beaves pulled it together in convincing fashion to defeat Utah. Well done Beaves. Next up: Cal
Talkin Tuesday Ed-vise today. Cause I like talking and it’s TUESDAY!
I started reading Atomic Habits by James Clear this week. Part of my personal commitment to read 20 pages per day. I felt like I wasn’t reading enough.
In the first chapter he brought up a great point about improvement. What he points out is you can improve daily OR you can decline. And you can decline all the way back to zero.
For instance, let’s look at sitting versus walking.
If you choose to sit 24/7…all day everyday, your muscles will go dormant to a point you can no longer walk or stand. Atrophy is the word I was looking for.
If, on the other hand, you choose to improve your muscle development/ maintenance, you can stand and move and increase your strength, health, and longevity.
I am privileged to see this principal in action and to actually deal with it on a relatively consistent basis. Why? Because I (wait for it)…TRAIN JIU JITSU! OH YEAH BABY!!!
See, when a person consistently (key word) comes into the gym and trains they improve at a minimum of 1%. They keep doing so and, as Clear points out, those days of improvement compound. That means the student gets better and better; stronger and stronger.
When they take a week or longer off (as I have because of this stupid lung cough thing) they end up taking a merciless beating and the decline in their skill set is noticeable. The strength has declined and the techniques aren’t as sharp.
In just about everything we do, we can improve or decline. Whatever the choice might be. Some skills, if never used, will return quickly as the body will respond to the familiar stimulus. Some though, will not come back if allowed to decline to zero.
Moral of the story: pick up a book and read. To improve yourself 1% every day. Don’t let your brain go to a zero state. There is plenty of that already!
I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember the inventor of Knock Knock jokes should get a NO BELL prize! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA