The other night, my wife and I were watching our son’s baseball game. We each noticed a coach we hadn’t seen before.
Sometimes it doesn’t take very long to spot a natural athlete. The way they move, the way they throw, the small, natural pivots they make.
It didn’t take too long for my wife and I to agree–that coach should come to our gym. Not because we saw something we needed to fix, in fact precisely the opposite. We saw someone who would take to what we do. We saw someone who would likely excel before too long. We saw someone who would succeed.
The old gym language, the kind that is rapidly being left by the wayside: burn, slash, cut, lose, fix, diet, tone, suffer, crush.
The new gym language, a language built upon the very real research that success and support trump drill instruction and privation: succeed, coaching, build, win, support, challenge, pride, nourish, health, strength.
It’s really that simple. We don’t need to wage war on ourselves.
We need to stand tall, with coaches and friends by our side, and do the things we do well, a little better every day.
When we look back, years and years hence, we will have moved mountains.